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Table of English Tenses

Table of English Tenses

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Table of English Tenses
tense Affirmative/Negative/Question Use Signal WordsSimple Present 
A: He speaks.N: He does not speak.Q: Does he speak?Habits and routinesGeneral factstimetables or schedulesalways, every
…, never, normally,
often, seldom, sometimes, usuallyif sentences type I (If I talk,
Present Continuous 
A: He is speaking.N: He is not speaking.Q: Is he speaking?action taking place in the moment of speakingaction taking place only for a limited period of timeaction arranged for the futureat the moment, just, just now,Listen!, Look!, now, right now
A: He spoke.N: He did not speak.Q: Did he speak?action in the past taking place once, never orseveral timesactions taking place one after anotheraction taking place in the middle of anotheractionyesterday, 2 minutes ago, in 1990,the other day, last Friday. whenif sentence type II (If I talked,
Past Continuous 
A: He was speaking.N: He was not speaking.Q: Was he speaking?action going on at a certain time in the pastactions taking place at the same timeaction in the past that is interrupted by anotheractionwhile, as, as long as
, at 3 o’clock 
(any time)
A: He has spoken.N: He has not spoken.Q: Has he spoken?putting emphasis on the resultaction that stopped recentlyfinished action that is still going on or has aninfluence on the presentalready, ever, just, never, yet, sofar, till now, up to now
Present Perfect Continuous 
A: He has been speaking.N: He has not been speaking.Q: Has he been speaking?putting emphasis on the duration (not theresult)action that recently stopped or is still going onfinished action that influenced the presentall day, for 4 years, since 1993, howlong?, the whole week 
A: He had spoken.N: He had not spoken.Q: Had he spoken?action taking place before another action inthe pastalready, just, never, not yet, once,until that day, afterif sentence type III (If I hadtalked,
Past Perfect Continuous 
A: He had been speaking.N: He had not been speaking.Q: Had he been speaking?action taking place before another action inthe pastsometimes interchangeable with past perfectfor, since, the whole day, all day

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