LIST OF ENGLISH TENSES

ACTIVE TENSES SIMPLE CONTINUOUS PERFECT PERFECT CONTINUOUS PRESENT work / works am / is / are working have / has worked have / has been working NEGATIVE FORM do not work / does not work am / is / are not working have / has not worked have / has not been working QUESTION FORM Do you work / Does ...

HOW MANY TENSES IN ENGLISH ?

As a learner of English, it is useful to think that there are three times in English; present, past and future.  These three times have 4 grammatical types: simple, continuous, perfect and perfect continuous. Thinking about time and tense in this way can make the tenses in English seem less confusing.  Once you understand the function of the Simple, Continuous, …

LIST OF CONTRACTED VERB FORMS IN ENGLISH

Shortened Forms of the Verb ‘to be’ I’m I am you’re you are he’s he is she’s she is we’re we are it’s it is isn’t is not aren’t are not they’re they are there’s there is wasn’t was not weren’t  were not     Shortened Forms of the Verb ‘to have’ I’ve I have you’ve  you have he’s he …

PRESENT TENSES

Explanation of the Present Simple Tense in English Find out more about the Present Continuous and Progessive Forms in English Learn the Present Perfect

HOW TO REMEMBER IRREGULAR SIMPLE PAST AND PAST PARTICIPLES IN ENGLISH

Students are always daunted by the seemingly endless list of irregular verbs in the past in English. While there are many irregular verbs in the past, many can be placed into phonetic groups. This makes them easier to remember and can be particularly useful when students need to study a long list of verbs in the past form to pass …

DON’T USE THESE VERBS IN PROGRESSIVE FORM

ENGLISH VERBS THAT CANNOT BE USED IN THE CONTINUOUS OR PROGRESSIVE FORM Verbs of Emotion:  love, hate, prefer, mind, like, dislike, please, surprise, astonish, impress Verbs of Possession: have, own, want, belong, need, possess, own, owe, include, involve Verbs used for the Senses:  see, hear, smell, seem, sound, taste, look (=seem), appear, be Verbs of Thought: know, believe, remember, agree, …

PAST SIMPLE TENSE – Form and Use

PAST SIMPLE FORM Add ‘ed’ to the bare infinitive for regular verbs – I worked / he played Use auxiliary verb did in questions – Did you buy anything at the shop? Use the Past Simple Tense when: an action is finished in the past – I went to Rome in 1991. a past habit / routine – I swam …

PRESENT PERFECT TENSE – form and use

FORM Auxiliary verb ‘to have’ + past participle USE THE PRESENT PERFECT TO DESCRIBE: an action that began in past continues in present – I have been in Malta for 3 months. a past / finished action that has present importance – I have just broken a glass. to describe past experience – I have been to Mexico. an action happened …

PRESENT CONTINUOUS / PROGRESSIVE TENSE – form and use

USE PRESENT CONTINUOUS / PROGRESSIVE FOR: Unfinished or ongoing actions in Present – I’m reading a book. Also used to talk about habits we find annoying – He’s always biting his nails. Planned Future Events (personal future plans) – I’m going to Rome next Friday. FORM Auxiliary ‘to be’ plus bare infinitive +  ‘ing’ form of verb Notes Beware of …