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  • April 17, 2014 - Manjusha

    Correct use of the past perfect tense

    The past perfect tense is used to talk about an action completed some time in the past before another past action or event started. The visitors had left by the time I reached home. The patient had died before the doctor arrived. The train had left before I reached the station. The rebels had been […]

  • The present perfect tense is a present tense. That means it cannot be used with adverbs of past time like yesterday and last year. However, a period of time extending up to the time of speaking (e.g. for two years, since Monday etc) can be mentioned. Adverbs like just, recently, ever, never, already, today, this […]

  • June 4, 2010 - Manjusha

    Present perfect continuous tense

    Form: Subject + has / have + been + ing form of the verb The present perfect continuous tense is used to talk about an action which started in the past, has gone on till the present and is still continuing. I have been working on this project for several months. (= I am still […]

  • Form: Subject + has / have + past participle form of the verb He has written the letter. I have finished the job. They have accepted our invitation. The present perfect tense is used to talk about an action just completed. He has just gone out. I have finished the letter. Indefinite past action The […]

  • May 20, 2010 - Manjusha

    Present continuous tense

    The present continuous tense is used to talk about an action that is going on at the time of speaking. Form: subject + is / am / are + ing form of the verb It is raining. We are waiting. They are playing. She is writing. The present continuous tense is often used to talk […]

  • Form: Subject + present tense form of the verb The birds fly. The dogs bark. He writes with his left hand. John goes to school by bus. Uses Habitual actions The simple present tense is used to talk about a habitual action. He goes to school by bus. I get up at 6 o’clock. He […]

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    Future tense

    Just as the present and past tenses have four forms each, the future tense also has four forms. I will work. (Simple future tense) I will be working. (Future continuous tense) I will have worked. (Future continuous tense) I will have been working. (Future perfect continuous tense) All these sentences refer to the future time. […]

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    Past tense

    Just as the present tense has four forms, the past tense also has four forms as shown below: Read the sentences given below: I worked. (Simple past tense) I was working. (Past continuous tense) I had worked. (Past perfect tense) I had been working. (Past perfect continuous tense) All these sentences refer to the past […]

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    Present Tense

    Read the following sentences. I work. (Simple Present tense) I am working. (Present continuous tense) I have worked. (Present perfect tense) I have been working. (Present perfect continuous tense) All of the sentences given above refer to the present time and are therefore said to be in the present tense. In sentence 1, the verb […]

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    Tenses

    There are three main tenses: The present tense The past tense The future tense The tense of a verb shows the time of an action or event. Read the following sentences. I write this letter to make her happy. I wrote the letter in the morning. I will write another letter tomorrow. In sentence 1, […]