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tenses

Date: Oct 16 2007

Topic: Grammar

Author: lips

Lesson

I would like you to know that there are 12 patterns in the tenses that you have to master by hard.  This is the base of the English Language especially for foreigners learning English as a second or third language.

You must think of the structure in English and not compare it with your own mother tongue.

Have it in a table form :

PRESENT

PAST

FUTURE

 

1. Present Simple

5. Past Simple

9. Future Simple

 

Walks (singular)

Walked (regular verb)

Shall / will walk

 

(He, She, It)

Ran(irregular verb)

 

 

Walk (plural)

 

 

 

(I, We, You, They)

singular and plural-same

singular and plural - same

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2. Present Continuous

6. Past Continuous

10. Future Continuous

 

Is walking (singular)

Was walking (singular)

Will be walking

 

(He, She, It)

 

 

 

Are walking (plural)

Were walking (plural)

Singular and plural - same

 

(We, They, You)

 

 

 

I am walking. (special case)

I was walking

I will be walking

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3. Present Perfect

7. Past Perfect

11. Future Perfect

 

Has walked (singular)

Had walked

Will have walked

 

(He, She, It)

 

 

 

Have walked (plural)

Singular and plural - same

Singular and plural - same

 

(We, They, You)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4. Present Perfect Continuous

8. Past Perfect Continuous

12. Future Perfect Continuous

 

Has been walking (singular)

Had been walking

Will / shall  have been walking

 

(He, She, It)

 

 

 

Have been walking (plural)

Singular and plural - same

Singular and plural - same

 

(We, They, You)

 

 

 

 

 

Try putting in the verb in these sentences for easy practice.

 

  1. Jim___________to school.
  2. Jim and Mary … to school.
  3. The boy……….  to school.
  4. The boys…..,,,,,   to school.

 

Note:  You must also know your irregular verbs by hard and use the correct pronoun      in the tenses.

 

  

 FROM: LISA H. IDRUS, MALAYSIA

 

Comments

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victoriannedi

Nigeria

 thanks a lot but i need more examples

10:50 AM Jun 21 2008 |

salimelarabi

Tunisia

Thanks for your effort

12:08 AM Jan 19 2008 |

visioner

visioner

Indonesia

nice article and keep writing 

 

03:49 AM Jan 15 2008 |

manoj1982

manoj1982

India

i am glad to see this

03:18 PM Jan 07 2008 |

hosssammai

Egypt

good

03:05 PM Jan 07 2008 |

haitham4vip

Egypt

No one can say but thanks 4 ur caring..

02:13 AM Dec 28 2007 |

haitham4vip

Egypt

nice from u 2 write that

02:10 AM Dec 28 2007 |

patakinga

patakinga

Romania

great!!!

08:53 PM Dec 03 2007 |

mgidy

Sudan

hi there ,you get us good intersting lessons.

best regards

12:19 PM Dec 03 2007 |

jaction

jaction

China

Innocent

06:34 AM Dec 03 2007 |

ah fan

Malaysia

thanks..Smile

05:23 AM Dec 03 2007 |

fubangyun

China

helpfui

 

12:36 AM Dec 03 2007 |

hoda61

hoda61

Morocco

 BUT WHERE IS THE CONDITIONAL AND THE MIXED CONDITIONAL? ANYWAY THXWink

09:57 PM Dec 02 2007 |

felsefefe

Turkey

thanks

08:12 PM Dec 02 2007 |

bakhta

Algeria

hi ahmad iwant to ask you when we use present simple ok

06:36 PM Dec 02 2007 |

bakhta

Algeria

hi how areyou when do we use present simple

06:31 PM Dec 02 2007 |

zakazik

zakazik

Algeria

thanks for this important lecon but please give us where we put each tens

09:04 PM Dec 01 2007 |

princeton_girl1010

Israel

thnx alot :)

08:56 PM Dec 01 2007 |

anand dayal

India

GOOD

08:40 PM Dec 01 2007 |

midhunpoduwal

India

thanks lips….

08:33 PM Dec 01 2007 |

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