Category / Tenses

  • July 9, 2014 - Manjusha

    Future continuous tense

    The future continuous tense (also called future progressive tense) is made with will / shall + be + -ing. Affirmative I will be working. They will be working. You will be working. Negative I will not be working. They will not be working. You will not be working. Question Will I be working? Will they […]

  • June 20, 2014 - Manjusha

    The past perfect tense

    The past perfect tense forms are made with had + past participle. Affirmative I had written a letter. She had written a letter. Negative I had not written a letter. She had not written a letter. Question Had I written a letter? Had she written a letter? Uses The past perfect tense is used to […]

  • June 8, 2014 - Manjusha

    Simple future tense

    The simple future tense is made with will / shall + infinitive without to. Affirmative I will come. She will come. Negative I will not come. She will not come. Question Will I come? Will she come? The simple future tense is used to talk about future events which we cannot control. It will be […]

  • May 20, 2014 - Manjusha

    The past continuous tense

    The past continuous tense is made with was / were + -ing. Affirmative: I was working. They were working. Negative I was not working. They were not working. Question Was I working? Were they working? Uses The past continuous tense is used to talk about an action that was going on at some time in […]

  • 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 […]