Verb tenses.

Verb tenses can be confusing, here is a brief summary.

Simple present – She wants a drink.

Present continuous – They are walking home.

Present perfect – I have lived here since 1987.

Present perfect continuous – I have been living here for years.

Perfect continuous conditional – I would have been playing tennis if I hadn’t broken my arm.

Simple past – Peter lived in China in 1965.

Past continuous- I was reading when she arrived.

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.

Present continuous for future events – He isn’t working next week.

Simple present for future events – She’ll see you before she leaves.

Simple future – They will go to Italy next week.

Future with ‘Going to’ – Is Freddy going to buy a new car soon?

Future continuous – I will be travelling by train.

Future perfect – We will have arrived in the Ukraine by the time you get this letter.

Future perfect continuous – By the end of your course, you will have been studying for five years.

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