Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous Tenses

October 31st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

The Past Perfect Tense

Affirmative
I had worked.
She had worked.
They/you/we had worked.

Negative
I had not worked.
She had not worked.
They/you/we had not worked.

Simple Past and Past Continuous Tense

October 31st, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

The Simple Past or Past Indefinite Tense

Affirmative

I wrote.
She wrote.
They/you/we wrote.

Negative

I didn’t write.
She didn’t write.
They/you/we didn’t write.

Interrogative

Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous Tenses

October 30th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

Present Perfect Tense

Form
Affirmative
I have written.
He has written.
They/you/we have written.

Negative
I have not written.
She has not written.
They/you/we have not written.

Simple Present and Present Continuous Tenses

October 30th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

The present indefinite or the simple present

Form:
Affirmative

I work.
She works.
They/you work.

Negative

I don’t work.
She doesn’t work.
They/you don’t work.

Interrogative

Tenses – Part II

October 30th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

We have seen that the past perfect tense is used to talk about a completed past action. Note that when two past actions have to be mentioned, the past perfect is used for the earlier of the two, and the simple past for the later.

Tenses – Part I

October 30th, 2009 in English Grammar, English Learning, ESL

The tense of a verb shows not only the time of the action but also whether it is complete or not. There are three tenses in English:

Common Errors in the Use of Verbs – Part II

October 29th, 2009 in Common Mistakes, ESL

Incorrect: He has stole my pen.
Correct: He has stolen my pen.
Incorrect: John has often beat me at tennis.
Correct: John has often beaten me at tennis.