Tenses in English

 

Tenses

  1. The Simple Tense

  2. The Continuous Tense

  3. The Perfect Tense

The Simple Tense

 

Verbs that are indicated in three different ways

  1. Simple Present Tense

In simple present tense the verb shows an action is done present tense

Example

  1. We play football

  2. The gardener waters the planets everyday.

  3. play cricket

 

Simple Past Tense

The verb shows an action completed in the past time.

Example

  1. We played football daily.

  2. We played cricket everyday.

Simple Future Tense

The verb simply shows an action to be done in future time.

Example

  1. We shall play football.

  2. We shall play cricket.

The Continuous Tense

These having three types

  1. Present Continuous Tense

  2. Past Continuous Tense

  3. Future Continuous Tense

Present Continuous Tense

A verb showing an action is going on is said to be in the Present Continuous Tense.

Example

  1. I play.

  2. I am playing.

I play and I am playing , am playing indicates that the action is going on present, it indicates continues action is going, only play it indicates that the action is not continuous.

Past Continuous Tense

A Verb showing an action that was going on at past is said to be in the Past Continuous Tense.

Example

  1. I played.

  2. I was playing.

I played and I was playing. Was playing it indicates that the action was going on at past. It was not finished; it was a continuous action. Played indicates an action that was not continuous.

Future Continuous Tense

A Verb showing that will be going on in the future is said to be in the Future Continuous Tense.

Example

  1. I shall play.

  2. I shall be playing.

I shall play and I shall be playing? Shall be playing indicates that the action will be going on in the Future; only play indicates that will not be continuous.

The Perfect Tense

The Perfect Tense are classified in three ways.

  1. Present Perfect Tense

  2. Past Perfect Tense

  3. Future Perfect Tense

Present Perfect Tense

A Verb that shows that the action has been completed at the present moment is called Present Perfect Tense.

Example

  1. I have played the game just now.

Have indicates that at the present time action has been complete.

Past Perfect Tense

A Verb shows that an action had been finished before another action in the past is called Past Perfect Tense.

Example

  1. I had played the game before he came.

Had played indicates the action was completed at the same time in the past.

Future Perfect Tense

A Verb shows that the action will be finished before another action in the future is called Future Perfect Tense.

Example

  1. I shall have played the game long before 7 o’clock.

Shall have played indicates that the action will be complete before a point of time in the future.