Tag: tenses

  • Indirect speech: Rules for the change of tenses

    When the reporting verb is in the past tense, all present tenses within the inverted commas are changed into the corresponding past tenses. Simple present will change into simple past. She said, „I am fine.“ She said that she was fine.

  • Present perfect and simple past: differences

    We do not use the present perfect with expressions that refer to a completely finished period of time, like yesterday, last week, when, then, five years ago, in 1995. The simple past is used with this meaning.

  • The future progressive tense

    Affirmative Negative Question I shall/will be writing. She will be writing. You will be writing. I shall/will not be writing. She will not be writing. You will not be writing. Shall/will I be writing? Will she be writing? Will you be writing? Use We use the future progressive to say that an activity will be […]

  • The simple future tense

    Affirmative Negative Question I shall/will write. She will write. You will write. I shall/will not write. She will not write. You will not write. Shall/will I write? Will she write? Will you write? British people use I shall/I will and we shall/ we will with no difference of meaning in most situations. However, shall is […]

  • The past perfect progressive tense

    Use We use the past perfect progressive to talk about longer actions or situations which had continued up to the past moment that we are thinking about, or shortly before it.

  • The past perfect tense

    The past perfect tense denotes an action completed at some point in the past before some other past action commenced. When two actions in the past have to be referred to, the past perfect is used for the earlier action and the simple past for the later one.

  • The past progressive tense

    Use to talk about past events in progress The past progressive is used to talk about events that were in progress around a particular past time.

  • The past simple tense

    Uses of the simple past tense We use the simple past tense to talk about many kinds of past events: short, quickly finished actions, longer situations, and repeated events.

  • Present tenses to talk about the future

    Present tenses to talk about the future

  • Present perfect progressive tense

    Affirmative Negative Question I have been writing She has been writing. You have been writing. I have not been writing. She has not been writing. You have not been writing. Have I been writing? Has she been writing? Have you been writing? Uses of the present perfect progressive tense We use the present perfect progressive […]