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Types of tenses in English Grammar with examples ppt

English is one of the most widely spoken languages in the world, and its grammar can be challenging for many people, especially for those who are non native English speakers. One of the main aspects of English grammar that can be particularly challenging is understanding the different types of grammar tenses. In this particular blog we will discuss the different types of tenses in English grammar and provide examples to help you understand how to use them correctly.

What are the tenses in English grammar?


Tenses are used to point the time when the action or the event takes place. Mainly there are three tenses in English grammar: past, present & future. Each set of tenses has its own set of rules and structures that must be followed to get the grammar correct.


Types of Tenses in English Grammar:


1. Present tense

The present tense is used to describe an action or event that is happening now or at the present time. It is also used to describe a habit or a general truth.

  • Simple Present Tense: Used to describe a habitual action or a general truth, for example, "I eat breakfast every day" or "The sun rises in the east."

  • Present Continuous Tense: Used to describe an action that is currently happening at the present time, for example, "She is studying for her exams."

  • Present Perfect Tense: Used to describe an action that happened at an unspecified time in the past and has continued up to the present time, for example, "I have lived in this city for five years."

  • Present Perfect Continuous Tense: Used to describe an action that started in the past and is still continuing up to the present time, for example, "I have been studying English for three years."

2. Past tense:

The past tense is used to describe an action or event that has already happened in the past.

  • Simple Past Tense: Used to describe an action that happened at a specific time in the past, for example, "I saw a movie yesterday."

  • Past Continuous Tense: Used to describe an action that was in progress in the past, for example, "I was watching TV when the phone rang."

  • Past Perfect Tense: Used to describe an action that was completed before another past action, for example, "I had finished my homework before I went to bed."

  • Past Perfect Continuous Tense: Used to describe an action that had been in progress for a period of time before another past action, for example, "She had been practicing her piano for two hours before she went to bed."

3. Future Tense

The future tense is used to describe an action or event that will happen in the future.

  • Simple Future Tense: Used to describe an action that will happen in the future, for example, "I will meet you at the airport tomorrow."

  • Future Continuous Tense: Used to describe an action that will be in progress at a specific time in the future, for example, "They will be flying to Europe next week."

  • Future Perfect Tense: Used to describe an action that will be completed before a specific time in the future, for example, "I will have finished my work by 6 pm."

  • Future Perfect Continuous Tense: Used to describe an action that will have been in progress for a period of time before a specific time in the future, for example, "They will have been studying English for two years by next summer."

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