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  • 1. English Verb Tenses Mubarak Alkhatnai
  • 2. Verb Tense There are 12 different tenses in the Englishlanguage. In these tenses the verb is writtendifferently to express the time in which anevent or an action took place. These 12 tenseswill be presented in the following slides.
  • 3. Simple PresentExpresses a habit or a repeated action. Adverbs of frequencysuch as: often, seldom, sometimes, never, etc. are used with thistense. She goes to school everyday. They always eat dinner together.
  • 4. Simple PresentThis tense also expresses general truths or facts regardless pofthe time. Snow falls in the December. Water boils at 100 degrees Celsius.
  • 5. The Present ProgressiveThis tense is used to describe an action that is occurring rightnow (at this moment, today, this year, etc.). The action hasbegun and is still in progress. She is typing a paper for her class. He can’t talk. He is fixing the sink right now.
  • 6. The Present ProgressiveThe present progressive can also be used to describe an actionthat is occurring in the present, but is temporary. Ali is living in Riyadh, but he might move soon.
  • 7. The Simple PastWe use the simple past to indicate exactly when an action orevent took place in the past. I visited my sister yesterday. We went out to dinner last night.
  • 8. The Simple Past The simple past is used to describe actions and/or events that are now completed and no longer true in the present.I attended KSU in 1998. (I no longer attend KSU.)I saw a movie every weekend when I was a teenager. (I don’t see movies very much anymore.)
  • 9. The Past Progressive The past progressive is used to talk about an activity that was in progress at a specific point of time in the past. The emphasis is on the duration of the activity in the past.I was studying for an exam while my mother was cooking dinner.We were walking in the park around 7 p.m. last night.
  • 10. The Past Progressive The past progressive is often used with the simple past to show that one action was in progress when another action occurred.I was taking a bath when the doorbell rang.They were eating dinner when the neighbors stopped by for a visit.
  • 11. The Present PerfectThe present perfect is used to talk about an event that beganin the past and continues up to the present. He has lived in Jeddah for two years. (He began living in Jeddah two years ago and he still lives there.)
  • 12. The Present PerfectThe present perfect is also used to talk about an event that wascompleted in the past, but the specific time of the event is notimportant. I have seen that movie before. He has already visited Rome. (Specific dates and times are not mentioned.)
  • 13. Present Perfect ProgressiveThis tense is used to describe the duration of an action thatbegan in the past and continues into the present. He has been studying grammar for an hour. She has been cooking all day. (He is still studying and she is still cooking.)
  • 14. Present Perfect Progressive This tense is also used to describe events that have been in progress recently and are rather temporary.She has been living in Taiwan for the last two months, but she plans to move soon.
  • 15. The Past Perfect This tense describes completed events that took place in the past before another past event. had received it hit had eaten my friend stopped byThe Titanic had received many warnings before it hit the iceberg. I had already eaten when my friend stopped by to visit.
  • 16. Past Perfect Progressive This tense is used to emphasize the duration of an action that was completed before another action or event in the past.had been driving she found the right officeShe had been driving around the city for three hours before she finally found the right office.
  • 17. The FutureWill and be + going + to are often used to describe futureactions. Thomas will graduate in June. Maria is going to go to Mexico next week.
  • 18. The FutureThe simple present and present progressive are also used toexpress future time. These are often used used in connectionwith schedules. She is meeting a new client at eleven o’clock. The train leaves at 6:00 a.m. tomorrow.
  • 19. The Future Progressive This tense is used to describe an event or action that will occur over a period of time at a specific point in the future. at 10 a.m. tomorrow by the time you arriveI will be teaching ESL 40 at 10 a.m. tomorrow.They will be moving their furniture out of the house by the time you arrive tomorrow.
  • 20. The Future Perfect This tense is used to describe an event or action that will be completed before another event or time in the future. will have finished the exam class endsWe will have finished the exam by the time class ends tomorrow.
  • 21. Future Perfect Progressive This tense describes an action that has been in progress for a duration of time before another event or time in the future. finishes law school will have been living in the U.S. for eight yearsBy the time he finishes law school, we will have been living in the U.S. for eight years.