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Tense - Glossary of Terms


The tense of a verb is determined by when the action took place.  The three main tenses are: the past tense, the present tense and the future tense.


I walked. (This verb is in the past tense.)
I walk. (This verb is in the present tense.)
I will walk. (This verb is in the future tense.) 

The tenses are categorised further depending on whether the action is in progress or completed.

The 4 Past Tenses Example
simple past tense I went
past progressive tense I was going
past perfect tense I had gone
past perfect progressive tense I had been going
The 4 Present Tenses Example
simple present tense I go
present progressive tense I am going
present perfect tense I have gone
present perfect progressive tense I have been going
The 4 Future Tenses Example
simple future tense I will go
future progressive tense I will be going
future perfect tense I will have gone
future perfect progressive tense I will have been going
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