English Verb Tenses

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What is a tense? It is a grammatical category that helps locate a situation in time. The tenses can be present, past or future.

Past Present and Future

In many languages, tenses are not as important as in English (in some languages, they don't even exist!). In the English language, tenses are especially important because they tell us not only about the time but also about the aspect of the verb. Consider these two sentences:

  • I play football (Aspect: not progressive, imperfect)
  • I have been playing football (Aspect: progressive, perfect)

Both of the sentences above are in present tense (more specifically, the first one is in Present Simple, the other — in Present Perfect Continuous). But they differ in aspect.

There are twelve English tenses. I encourage you to read some more. Simply click on one of the links below.

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Present Tenses

Past Tenses