Tenses

Tense of a particular verb does not depend on the time of action (state) of the verb but depend on the time of description, that is, in what context the action has been described.

In our use of English language, right at the beginning we must commit ourselves to the choice of the context. We may choose either present context or the past context, but once the choice is made, it will not be in any way acceptable to change the context in the same piece of writing or speech. It may be noted that even a present tense form of a verb can describe any past action. If a present context is chosen, only the following tense forms can be used:

1. Simple Present

2. Present Continuous

3. Present Perfect

4. Present Perfect Continuous

5. Simple Past

6. Past Continuous

7. Simple Future

8. Future Continuous

9. Future perfect

10. Future perfect continuous


    


If a Past Context is chosen, only the following tense forms can be used:

1. Simple Past

2. Past Continuous

3. Past Perfect

4. Past Perfect Continuous

5. All future tenses in its pats form - 'should' and 'would'.




Grammer Topics

Sentence Formation
Noun and Verb
Simple Sentence, Clause & Phrase
Objective Complement
Intransitive Verb
Noun and Pronoun
Adjective
Adverb
Infinitives
Particles
Gerund
Preposition
Phrase
Clause
Types of Sentences
Finite Verb
Prefixes and Suffixes
Tense
Punctuation
Semi Colon
Apostrophe
Reported Speech
 
 


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