Goodness, I’ve been a bad blogger lately! Between a mountain of work, and getting my son ready to go back to school, I’ve barely had time to sleep, let alone blog. But I’m here now. So let’s jump right into the deep end and tackle English verb tenses!
Wait! Don’t hit the back button! I promise to be gentle.
If you’ve ever googled English verb tenses, you know how crazy the results are. I bet you quickly closed your browser and walked away from your computer. Heck, maybe you even ran screaming from the room.
Well, despite what the Internet might try to tell you, verb tenses aren’t so scary. First of all, they exist for a reason. Most importantly, they tell us when something happens (or happened, or will happen). And there are only three options: the present, the past, or the future.
- Present: He invokes.
- Past: He invoked.
- Future: He will invoke.
Makes sense, right?
Okay, so where people get tripped up is when we start talking about forms. The forms above are known as Simple. In addition, there is also Perfect, Progressive (or Continuous), and Perfect Progressive (or Perfect Continuous).
Well, the different forms tell us more about the timing of something AND they also tell us if something is (or was, or will be) ongoing or complete. In the charts below, I walk you through each of the three tenses and their four different forms.
|Simple present:||I exterminate.||This is happening now.|
|Present progressive:||I am exterminating.||This ongoing thing is in the process of happening.|
|Present perfect:||I have exterminated.||This started in the past and continued to happen until now.|
|Present perfect progressive:||I have been exterminating.||This ongoing thing started in the past, continues to the present, and may continue to happen in the future.|
|Simple past:||I exterminated.||This happened in the past and is complete.|
|Past progressive:||I was exterminating.||This ongoing thing happened in the past over a period of time.|
|Past perfect:||I had exterminated.||This happened in the past before something else that also happened in the past.|
|Past perfect progressive:||I had been exterminating.||This ongoing thing happened in the past and is complete.|
|Simple future:||I will exterminate.||This will happen in the future.|
|Future progressive:||I will be exterminating.||This ongoing thing will start to happen in the future and continue for some time.|
|Future perfect:||I will have exterminated.||This will happen in the future and will be finished by a specific time, also in the future.|
|Future perfect progressive:||I will have been exterminating.||This ongoing thing will happen in the future and will be finished by a specific time, also in the future.|
If you made it this far, pat yourself on the back (and let me know in the comments)! Next time, I’ll break down the present tense and its forms in more detail. Then I’ll do the same for past and future.
In the meantime, I encourage you to read through the examples above and ask questions, if you have any.
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