English Language Tenses: An Overview

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As of Saturday, we at Language Bug finished the English Grammar series on English Language Tenses. It’ll be the last I write on English grammar for a while, but I figured that it’s best to have a summary page for future linking purposes.

Without further pause, here is a list of articles on the English Languages Tenses, together with an example of each:

English Languages Tenses: The Past

Past Simple Tense.

e.g. “He walked.”
Past Progressive Tense

e.g. “You were running.”

Past Perfect Simple Tense

e.g. “I had made a cake.”
Past Perfect Progressive Tense

e.g. “She had been thinking about going on holiday.”

English Language Tenses: The Present

Present Simple Tense.

e.g. “You catch a ball.”
Present Progressive Tense.

e.g.”She is dancing to the music.”
Present Perfect Simple Tense

e.g. “They have talked about the problem.”
Present Perfect Progressive Tense

e.g. “We have been living in America.”

 

English Language Tenses: The Future

Future Simple Tense

e.g. “It will happen.”


Going To Tense

e.g. “It’s going to rain.”


Future Continuous Tense

e.g. “I will be waiting at the train station.”
Future Perfect Simple Tense

e.g. “He will have climbed the mountain.”


Future Perfect Continuous Tense

e.g. “She will have been playing tennis.”

 

 

English Languages Tenses: The Conditionals

First Conditional Simple

e.g. “You would cry if you were sad.”
First Conditional Continuous

e.g. “They would be happy if they won a prize.”
Second Conditional Simple

e.g. “He would have jumped if you’d scared him.”


Second Conditional Continuous

e.g. “She would have been dancing if she liked the music.”

 

That concludes the English Language Tenses series. Periodically, we’ll return to writing articles about English Grammar, but as of the next article, we’re back with more general language learning information. Hopefully, the above will be useful to English learners as well as other language learners who are looking to find a particular tense to learn a comparative form in their target language.

 

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