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Title: Verb Tenses

Verb Tenses
The Twelve Traditional Tenses
Simple Present
  • It is used to signal the following meanings
  • Habitual actions in the present.
  • He walks to class every day.
  • General timeless truths.
  • Water freezes at 0 degrees centigrade.
  • Sensory or mental perception in the present.
  • I see a sign in the corner.
  • I know that Charlotte is a teacher.
  • Narrative present
  • Marc hits the ball and falls over.

Present Continuous
  • Action in progress
  • She is eating her lunch now.
  • A temporary present occupation or activity
  • She is studying at Keele University now.
  • Repetition in a series of similar ongoing actions
  • Skippy is pushing the football around the garden.

Simple past
  • A definite completed action in the past.
  • He flew to the UK on Saturday.
  • Habitual action in the past.
  • Chris jogged to work every day last year.
  • A situation that applied in the past with the
    implication that it no longer applies in the
  • Professor Walker lectured at Keele for 30

Past Progressive
  • An action in progress at a specific point of time
    in the past
  • We were playing volleyball at 1.00pm on
  • Past action simultaneous with some other past
  • Students were working in the language lab when
    I walked past the door.
  • Repetition of some on-going past action
  • She was talking throughout the entire film.

Simple future
  • An action to take place at some definite future
  • Russell will walk to Newcastle tomorrow.
  • A future habitual action or future state
  • Russell will take the bus to Hanley next year.
  • A situation that may occur in the present and
    will occur in the future but with a definite end
  • You will live in England until you finish your

Future Continuous
  • An action that will be in progress at a specific
    time in the near future
  • He will be walking to school at 9.00am tomorrow.
  • Duration of some specific future action
  • Skippy will be working on her thesis for the
    next ten years.

Present Perfect
  • A situation that began in the past and that
    continues into the present.
  • I have taught English for 24 years.
  • A past experience with current relevance
  • I have already seen that movie.
  • A very recently completed action
  • Skippy has just finished her homework.

Present Perfect Progressive
  • A situation or habit that began in the past and
    that continues up to the present
  • I have been living in England for 19 years.
  • The incompleteness of an action in progress
  • I have been reading a book.
  • Compare I have read a book.

Past Perfect
  • An action completed in the past prior to some
    other past event
  • He had already walked to Newcastle before I could
    offer him a ride.
  • Past conditional
  • If she had studied harder, she would have passed
    the exam.

Past Perfect Progressive
  • An action or habit taking place over a period of
    time in the past prior to some other past event
  • He had been walking to work before his father
    bought him a bicycle.
  • A past action that is in progress gets
    interrupted by another past action
  • We had been planning to holiday in France but
    changed our minds when we heard about the bad

Future Perfect
  • A future action that will be completed prior to a
    specific future time
  • I will have finished this work by midnight.
  • A state or action that will be completed in the
    future prior to some other future time or event
  • I will have finished my essay by the time you
    return from clubbing.

Future Perfect Progressive
  • Habitual action that is taking place in the
    present and that will continue into the future up
    until or through a specific future time
  • He will have been studying for 3 hours by the
    time I get home.

Task One
  • Find a partner.
  • Ask him or her what his or her daily activities
  • Once you have noted these you must take turns
    asking questions about key activities
  • What does X do everyday?
  • It is 6.30. What is X doing?
  • Ask questions

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