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The tenses

The Tenses

Torsten Daerr

THE TENSES

When we talk about tense, we are talking about how the verb expresses the time when something happens. In English the tenses have two forms for each tense: a simple form t
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PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE

USES

(1) An action in the indefinite past.
(2) An action in the recent past connected to the present.

EXAMPLES

(1) I have tried ma

Past Continuous

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PAST CONTINUOUS

USE

(1) An action in the past that is often of a temporary nature.
(2) An action in the past that acts as a background or an action that is interrupted.

Past Simple

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PAST SIMPLE

USE

(1) An action in the past usually associated with an adverb of time or some other indicator of past time
(2) An action in the past where the past is not di

Present Continuous2

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PRESENT CONTINUOUS

USE

(1) An action that continues in the present.
(2) A way of expressing a future action.

EXAMPLES

(1) The receptionist says that it i

Present Simple

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PRESENT SIMPLE

USE

(1) A habitual action.
(2) A factual statement.
(3) An action planned in advance.

EXAMPLES

(!) The Board of directors usually meet
PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

USES

(1) An action that started in the past and continues up to the present.
(2) An action that started in the past and suggests it is goin
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