I remember my father taking me to the zoo when I was a child.
the above sentence has three clauses:
- I remember.
- My father taking me to the zoo.
- I was child.
What is the tense of the second clause? and can we replace it with used to or simple past? which one of the following is close in meaning to the above sentence?
- I remember my father used to take me to the zoo when I was a child.
- I remember my father took me to the zoo when I was a child.
Why do I think there should be tense and verb in this sentence:
A clause is the basic unit of grammar. Typically a main clause is made up of a subject (s) (a noun phrase) and a verb phrase (v) ... Cambridge Dictionary
So, if I'm right and the above (my father taking me to the zoo) is clause, so I presume that there is a verb and the verb should has a tense.
We can form passive structures with verbs that are followed by an object (transitive verbs) and some clauses where the verb is followed by a preposition ... Cambridge Dictionary
And I can convert the above clause to passive voice as following. So, What do I convert? Isn't the verb? and Doesn't this verb has a tense?
I remember being taken to the zoo when I was a child ...