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Tenses

Introduction to Tenses

Tense indicates the time of the occurrence of an action or an event. In any sentence, an action or a state of being is denoted by the verb. Hence, tenses are directly related to verbs.

The different states of time are: Past, Present and Future. Very simply speaking, past is what happened yesterday; present is what happens today; and future is what will happen tomorrow.

Note how at different moments the same event (the test on English tenses) can be situated in the future (when the teacher informs the students about the test), the present (when the test is being conducted) and the past (when the students are discussing the test).

Simple Present

 

Singular

Plural

First Person

I do it everyday

We do it everyday

Second Person

You do it everyday

You do it everyday

Third Person

He does it everyday

They do it everyday

Simple Past

 

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