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English Tenses

English Tenses

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A few words about English Tenses. For beginners
A few words about English Tenses. For beginners

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Published by: Uglea Christopher Theodor on Jul 02, 2009
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 English TensesPRESENT TENSE SIMPLEAffirmative InterrogativeNegativeI work Do I work?I don’t workYou work Do you work ?You don’t workHe/She/It works Does he/she/it work?He/She/It doesn’t workWe work Do we work?We don’t workYou work Do you work?You don’t workThey work Do they work?They don’t workMeaningA – an habitual actionB – a characteristic or fact about someone or somethingC – verbs which cannot normally be used in the continuous, eg . : to belong, tolike, to understandPRESENT TENSE CONTINUOUSAffirmative Interrogative NegativeI am working Am I working? I amnot workingYou are working Are you working? You are notworkingHe/She/It is working Is he/she/it working? He/She/It isnot workingWe are working Are we working? We are notworkingYou are working Are you working? You are notworkingThey are working Are they working? They are notworkingMeaning
 
A – an action which is taking place at the moment of speakingB – an arrange futurePAST TENSE SIMPLEAffirmative Interrogative NegativeI worked Did I work?I didn’t workYou worked Did you work?You didn’t workHe/She/It worked Did he/she/it work?He/She/It didn’t workWe worked Did we work?We didn’t workYou worked Did you work?You didn’t workThey worked Did they work?They didn’t workMeaningA – an action completed in the past at a specific time (stated or understood)PAST TENSE CONTINUOUS Affirmative Interrogative NegativeI was working Was I working? Iwasn’t workingYou were working Were you working? You weren’tworkingHe/She/It was working Was he/she/it working? He/She/It wasn’tworkingWe were working Were we working? We weren’tworkingYou were working Were you working? You weren’tworkingThey were working Were they working? They weren’tworkingMeaning
 
A – an action which was in progress when another action occurred ( secondaction is expressed in the past simple )PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLEAffirmative Interrogative NegativeI have worked Have I work?I haven’t workYou have worked Have you work? Youhaven’t workHe/She/It has worked Has he/she/it work? He/She/Ithasn’t workWe have worked Have we work? Wehaven’t workYou have worked Have you work? Youhaven’t workThey have worked Have they work? Theyhaven’t workMeaningA – an action which occurred at an unspecified time in the pastB – an action which occurred in the past but the result of which is evident inthe present often a recent past actionC – a state or activity starting in the past which still pertains to the presentPRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS Affirmative InterrogativeNegativeI have been working Have I been working? I haven’tbeen workingYou have been working Have you been working? You haven’t beenworkingHe/She/It has been working Has he/she/it been working? He/She/It hasn’t beenworkingWe have been working Have we been working We haven’t beenworkingYou have been working Have you been working? You haven’t been

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