Tense


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Read the sentences in the passage A :

Navvy is a boy. He lives in Dhaka. He reads in a Govt. High School. He is fond of pet-animals. He has a cat. He loves it very much.

This passage describes the action of present time. The sentences belong to present tense.

Note: Present tense describes an action in the present time.

Read the sentences in the passage B :

Mohammad Ali was a farmer. He had a lot of land. He grew different crops plentifully. He used to rise early. He was in good health. He worked very hard. But he lived a happy life.

This passage describes the action of past time. These are the sentences of past tense.

Note: Past tense describes an action in the past time.

Read the sentences in the passage C:

James will rise early in the morning. He will go to school. There will be a sports programme in the school tomorrow. He will take part in three events.

This passage describes the action of future time. These are the sentences of future time.

The sentences describe the action of future. They belong to future tense.

Note: Tense is the change of form in a verb to express the time of action. That is, tense indicates the time when the action of a verb occurs.

Selecting the correct verb tense and conjugating verbs correctly is tricky in English. Read more about how to form this tense and how it is used, or select a time to see the full list of tenses and references on that time.

Present Tenses in English Examples
Simple present tense They walk home.
Present continuous tense They are walking home.
Past Tenses in English  
Simple past tense Peter lived in China in 1965.
Past continuous tense was reading when she arrived.
Perfect Tenses in English  
Present perfect tense have lived here since 1987.
Present perfect continuous have been living here for years.
Past perfect We had been to see her several times before she visited us.
Past perfect continuous He had been watching her for some time when she turned and smiled.
Future perfect We will have arrived in the States by the time you get this letter.
Future perfect continuous By the end of your course, you will have been studying for five years.
Future Tenses in English  
Simple future tense They will go to Italy next week.
Future continuous tense will be travelling by train.

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