Some time ago, I did a series of posts about the different verb tenses in English and I thought it was now time to finish it off. You can click here to see the rest of the series so far. To learn more about simple future tenses, click here. And now, let's look at the future continuous!
We don't really have a future tense in English but instead use a variety of different structures. The most common are "be going to", "will", present continuous and present simple but do you know the difference? Keep reading to learn more about the different future forms in English.
This tense is a combination of past continuous and past perfect. The perfect part is because there is a link between two different past times and the continuous part indicates that the action continues for some time. If you haven't studied the other past tenses yet, you can find them here. Or click "read more" to learn about the past perfect continuous.
I think this is actually one of the easiest tenses in English. It’s definitely easier than the present perfect! Basically, it means “the past before the past” or “more past”. A good way to understand this tense is to think about flashbacks in books and films. If I’m telling you a story about the past but then I need to go back even further in time to explain earlier events, this is called a flashback and it can be described with the past perfect tense. For example, the first Harry Potter book starts the story when he is eleven years old. Later we learn that his parents had died when he was a baby.
This tense is sometimes called the past progressive. As the two names suggest, it is used to describe things which continued for some time in the past or were in progress at a particular moment. Click "read more" to learn all about this tense.
The past simple is easy enough to understand but it can cause problems because there are so many irregular verbs in English. Also forming negatives and questions is not easy! Read on to learn more.
This tense is a combination of present continuous and present perfect. The perfect part is because there is a link between the past and the present and the continuous part indicates that the action continues for some time. If you haven't studied the other present tenses yet, you can find them here. Or click "read more" to learn about the present perfect continuous.
This is one of the most problematic tenses in English. Basically, it is used when there is some connection between the past and the present. Something happened in the past and is relevant now or it started in the past and is still true now. Keep reading to learn more.
This tense is mostly used to talk about now but, confusingly, it can also be used to talk about the future. Sometimes it is called the present progressive. As the two names suggest, it is used to describe things which continue for some time or are in progress. Keep reading to learn more.
I'm starting a series on Instagram and on my blog about all the tenses. Present simple is the first one everybody learns but do you know all the different uses? Do you know how to form questions and negatives? In some ways, this tense is not simple at all! Keep reading to learn more!
Test your knowledge of past simple, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous with this quiz!
If you enjoyed this quiz, click here to try my present tenses quiz.
Test your knowledge of present simple, present continuous, present perfect and present perfect continuous with this quiz.
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