Types of Tenses in English Grammar

Types of Tenses in English Grammar

We should all aware about the correct formation of the tenses to get the meaningful idea. So, there are some rules that we need to follow.  A sentence involves three parts: –

Subject (He/She/It/We/They/I) + Verb + Object

Here Verb plays an important role. It tells something about a person/thing or place. So, a Verb tells the time of an action.

There are three main tenses: –

  1. Present Tense
  2. Past Tense
  3. Future Tense

BELOW WE GIVE IN DETAIL ABOUT EACH TENSE OF THE VERB – (Tell): –

  1. Present Tense: – When a Verb in a tense represents present time of an action is said to be Present Tense which has further four forms: –
  • Simple Present Tense: – It is used to express a habitual action.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I tell

We tell

2nd Person

You tell

You tell

3rd Person

He/She tells

They tell

 

  • Present Continuous Tense: – It is used to express an action going on at the time of speaking.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I am telling

We are telling

2nd Person

You are telling

You are telling

3rd Person

He/She is telling

They are telling

  • Present Perfect Tense: – It is used to express past activity when we think it’s effect in present.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

  I have told

We have told

2nd Person

You have told

You have told

3rd Person

             He/She has told

They have told

 

  • Present Perfect Continuous Tense: – It is used to express an action which started in past and is still continuing.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I have been telling

We have been telling

2nd Person

You have been telling

You have been telling

3rd Person

He/She has been telling

They have been telling

 

  1. Past Tense: – When a Verb in a tense represents past time of an action is said to be Past Tense which has further four forms: –
  • Simple Past Tense: – It is used to express an action which is completed in the past.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I told

We told

2nd Person

You told

You told

3rd Person

He/She told

They told

 

  • Past Continuous Tense: – It is used to express an action which was going on, in the past.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I was telling

We were telling

2nd Person

You were telling

You were telling

3rd Person

He/She was telling

They were telling

 

  • Past Perfect Tense: – It is used to express an action which is completed before a certain time in the past.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I had told

We had told

2nd Person

You had told

You had told

3rd Person

He/She had told

They had told

 

  • Past Perfect Continuous Tense: – It is used to express an action which started before a certain time in the past and continued up to that certain time.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I had been telling

We had been telling

2nd Person

You had been telling

You had been telling

3rd Person

He/She had been telling

They had been telling

 

  1. Future Tense: – When a Verb in a tense represents Future Time of an action is said to be Future Tense which has further four forms: –
  • Simple Future Tense: – It is used to express an action that we think will occur in future.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

          I shall/will tell

We shall/will tell

2nd Person

           You will tell

You will tell

3rd Person

        He/She will tell

They will tell

 

  • Future Continuous Tense: –It is used to express an action which will be continuing at a certain time in the future.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

      I shall/will be telling

We shall/will be telling

2nd Person

        You will be telling

You will be telling

3rd Person

      He/She will be telling

They will be telling

 

  • Future Perfect Tense: – It is used to express an action which will be completed at a certain time in the future.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I shall/will have told

We shall/will have told

2nd Person

You will have told

You will have told

3rd Person

He/She will have told

They will have told

 

  • Future Perfect Continuous Tense: – It is used to express an action which will be continuing over a period of time and will end in the future.

Singular

Plural

1st Person

I shall/will have been telling

We shall/will have been telling

2nd Person

You will have been telling

You will have been telling

3rd Person

He/She will have been tellingThey will have been telling

 

 

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