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Verbs : Expressing Time through Tense. Uses of Tense in Present, Past, and Future Time. Verb Forms and Uses. Examples. Present  Present action, present condition, recurring action, recurring condition, constant action, constant condition

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Verbs : Expressing Time through Tense

Uses of Tense in Present, Past, and Future Time


Verb Forms and Uses

Examples

  • Present Present action, present condition, recurring action, recurring condition, constant action, constant condition

  • Present Progressive Continuing action, Continuing condition

  • Present Emphatic Emphasizing a statement, Denying an assertion

  • There goes the balloon; The band sounds wonderful; I pack my own lunch; The paramedics are prompt to arrive; The earth rotates on its axis; Pluto is the most distant planet.

  • I am studying for a math test; Lenny is being stubborn today.

  • I do hope for sun this weekend; Despite rumors, we do have school tomorrow.

There are THREE uses of tense in present time


Verb Forms and Uses

Examples

  • Past Indefinite past time, definite past time

  • Present perfect Indefinite past time, continuing to present

  • Past Perfect Completed before another past event

  • Jack mowedthe lawn; Tim was sick yesterday.

  • Janet has finished her paper; Grandma has been busy all day.

  • The caller had hung up by the time I got to the phone.

There are SEVEN uses of tense in past time


Verb Forms and Uses

Examples

  • Past progressive Continuous past event

  • Present perfect progressive Event continuing to present

  • Past perfect progressive Continuous past event before another

  • Past emphatic Emphasizing a statement

  • The sun was shining yesterday.

  • I have been studying all weekend.

  • Before the storm, we had been enjoying our picnic.

  • I did finish in time; Despite Brenda’s account, Ali did complete the event.

There are SEVEN uses of tense in past time


Verb Forms and Uses

Examples

  • Future Future event

  • Future perfect Future event before another

  • Future progressive Continuing future event

  • Future perfect progressive Continuing future event before another

  • Grandma will visit us next week.

  • We will have finished our chores before lunch.

  • The scouts will be selling cookies all of next month.

  • By opening night, the actors will have been rehearsing for six weeks.

There are FOUR uses of tense in future time


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