Concepts of Verb Tense

Concepts of Verb Tense

English tenses are used to express two concepts.

The first is the concept of time, which can be:

fixed points in time,
periods of time – duration,
indefinite time, where only past, present, or future is important. Perfect tenses are used to relate such time periods.

The second is the concept of aspect, which refers to

Situations in which an action or event occurs in a time frame, in which an additional function needs to be expressed.

This marriage of time and function allows greater clarity to be conveyed without using additional words.

Part A. The Simple Present Tense

Part A. The Simple Present Tense The Simple Present tense...

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Part B. The Present Continuous Tense

Part B. The Present Continuous Tense     Continuous tenses...

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Part C. Non-action Verbs

Part C. Non-action Verbs   Some verbs are non-action verbs...

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Part D. The Present Perfect Tense

Part D. The Present Perfect Tense not all definite time...

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Part E.  Choosing between Present Perfect and Simple Past

Choosing between Present Perfect and Simple Past   While the...

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Part F. The Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Part F. The Present Perfect Continuous Tense     The...

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Part G. The Simple Past Tense

Part G. The Simple Past Tense This tense refers to...

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Part I. Future in the Past

Part I. Future in the Past   Intentions, expectations, or...

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Part H. Past Continuous or Simple Past

Part H. Past Continuous or Simple Past talk about what...

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Syntax

Syntax The arrangement of words and phrases to create well-formed...

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