GRAMMAR: VERB TENSES What, Why, and How? 14 14
Verb Tenses Simple Tenses Present The present tense indicates that an action is taking place at the time you express it, or an action that occurs regularly. - We wear organic cotton shirts [an action taking place when it is expressed] . - I watch the documentary on PBS each Sunday night [an action that occurs regularly] . Past The past tense indicates that an action is completed and has already taken place. - Martin Luther King, Jr. gave his most famous speech in 1963 [an action completed in the past]. - As a girl, she wondered how her college degree would help her career [an action that occurred once or many times in the past but did not extend to the present]. Future The future tense indicates that an action will or is likely to take place. - Later today I will rinse the dishes [a future action that will definitely occur]. - The defendant probably will plead innocent [a future action that is likely to occur].
Verb Tenses Perfect Tenses Perfect tenses designate actions that were or will be completed before other actions. You can form the perfect tenses with the appropriate tense form of the helping, or auxiliary, verb have plus the past participle. Present perfect The present tense indicates that an action is taking place at the time you express it, or an action that occurs regularly. - We have worn organic cotton shirts [an action that began in the past and is finished at the present]. - She has donated extensively to UNICEF [an action that began in the past and extends into the present]. Past perfect The past perfect tense indicates an action occurring before a certain time in the past.
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