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Tenses and their salient roles

Tense is the time of an action.

They are ‘ 3 ‘ types  in general.  They are listed below.

1  PRESENT TENSE

  • Denoting the actions in ‘ present’ .

   eg: We have been  studying Grammar

2  PAST TENSE

  •      Denoting the actions in ‘ past’ .

    eg: They came yesterday.

3  FUTURE TENSE

  •       Denoting the actions in  ‘future ‘.

    eg: We will be proficient in English soon.

 

Each  tense has its own ‘ 4 ‘ forms,   and for our convenience it is often written as,

1  SIMPLE———-TENSE

2  ———— CONTINUOUS TENSE

3  ———— PERFECT TENSE

4  ———— PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE

 

To clear it,    let’s elaborate by putting down the name of each tense into the line drawn, as

 

1. SIMPLE   (PRESENT / PAST/ FUTURE  )   TENSE

2. ( PRESENT / PAST / FUTURE )  CONTINUOUS TENSE

3. ( PRESENT/ PAST / FUTURE )  PERFECT TENSE

4. ( PRESENT / PAST / FUTURE )  PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE.

 

For studying chronologically,  we can write ‘ 3 ‘  types of tenses and its  ‘ 4 ‘ forms  together , as

 Present tense                               Past tense                              Future tense

Simple present                           Simple past                          simple future

Present continuous                  Past continuous                  Future continuous 

Present perfect                           Past perfect                          Future perfect 

Present perfect continuous   Past perfect continuous   Future perfect continuous 

Study and understand  each tense and its forms carefully by clicking the links  one by one. Then only we can go to the main topics based on tenses such as,

Active and passive voices          Reported speech         Question tags  etc….

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