What is tense?
What are the kinds of tenses?
Things can happen now, in the future or in the past.
The tenses show the time of a verb's action or being. The
verb ending is changed (conjugated) to show roughly what time
it is referring to.
Time can be split into three periods The Present
(what you are doing), The Past (what
you did) and The Future (what you are going
The tenses we use to show what time we are talking about
are split into the Simple, Continuous and Perfect
In English we use two tenses to talk about the present and
six tenses to talk about the past. There are several ways
to talk about the future some of which use the present tenses,
Present Perfect Simple
Present Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Simple
Past Perfect Continuous
Using the Simple Present
Using the Present Continuous
Using the Present Perfect Simple
Using the Present Perfect Continuous
Using going to
The simple tenses are used to show permanent
characteristics of people and events or what happens regularly,
habitually or in a single completed action.
The continuous tenses are used when talking
about a particular point in time.
The perfect tenses are used when an action
or situation in the present is linked to a moment in the past.
It is often used to show things that have happened up to now
but aren't finished yet or to emphasize that something happened
but is not true anymore. When they end determines which of
them you use. Perfect tenses are never used when we say when
something happened i.e. yesterday, last year etc. but can
be used when discussing the duration of something i.e. often,
for, always, since etc..
and Forms of Tenses Continued
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