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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