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Verb Tenses

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Hamza Al-Sharif

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Transcript of Verb Tenses

Verb Tenses
A verb tense indicates the time of occurrence of the action of the verb
Past Tense
Present Tense
Future Tense
The Past tense expresses actions that have already occurred.
The Present tense expresses actions that are currently occurring.
The Future tense expresses actions that have yet to occur.
Past Simple Form
A sentence in past simple form describes an event that happened in the past.
Past Continuous Form
A sentence in past continuous form describes an event that began in the past and continued to occur for some time before stopping.
Past Perfect Form
Past perfect tense expresses an action in the past before another action or event in the past.
Past Perfect Continuous Form
Past perfect continuous form expresses actions in the past that occurred before another action in the past and continued a period of time before stopping.
Present Simple form
Present Continuous Form
Present Perfect Form
Present Perfect Continuous
Future Simple Form
Future Continuous Form
Future Perfect Form
Present simple tense is used to describe general or habitual actions. Actions in the present simple form do not necessarily have to be happening at the moment.

Present continuous form is used to indicate an action that has been occurring and is still occurring at the moment.
Present perfect form is used to talk about an experience from the past. It is also used to talk about something that has changed or new information.
Present perfect continuous form is used to talk about a situation that began in the past and has stopped in the present. It is also used to talk about a situation that began in the past and is still continuing in the present.
Future simple form is used to express an action that will happen in the future. It is also used to make a prediction about an action that will happen in the future.
Future continuous form is used to talk about an action that will begin in the future and will continue to occur up to a certain point in the future.
Future perfect form is used to express an action that will happen before another action or event in the future.
Structures
Past Simple: Subject + Past + Object
Past Continuous: Subject + Was/Were + (Base + ing)
Past Perfect: Subject + Had + Past Participle
Past Perfect Continuous: Subject + Had + Been + (Base + ing)
Present Simple: Subject + Base
Present Continuous: Subject + Am/Is/Are + (Base + ing)
Present Perfect: Subject + Have/Has + Past Participle
Present Perfect Continuous: Subject + Have/Has + Been + (Base + ing)
Future Simple: Subject + Will + Base
Future Continuous: Subject + Will + Be + (Base + ing)
Future Perfect: Subject + Will + Have + Past participle.
Examples
You called Steve.
My friends bought some food
I arrived just in time for the meeting.
I was walking to the shop.
He was waiting for his friend.
They were leaving early.
George had waited all day for his mail to arrive.
The thieves had already disappeared when the police arrived.
When I got home yesterday my father had already cooked dinner.
I had been teaching at that university for a year before I left.
She had been working here for two years before you started working here.
We apologized because he had been waiting for a long time for us.
I live in Jeddah
Sometimes I play with my friends at the park
Alvin often enjoys cooking.
I am currently living in Jeddah.
Amr is driving his car at the moment.
The guests are preparing for the party.
I have lived in Jeddah for a long time.
She has learned chemistry in high school.
They have traveled to India a few years ago.
I have been living in Jeddah.
My friend has been making burgers for the guests.
The farmer has been growing some tomatoes.
I will visit my grandparents tomorrow.
We will be preparing for Ramadan soon.
I will buy some bread after i finish my work
I will be traveling next month.
My little brother will be starting school next year.
The restaurant will be opening in an hour.
I will have recieved my test results by next week.
We will have finished our food before you arrive
The train will have left before we make it to the station.
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