What are Tenses?

What are Tenses?

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What are Tenses?  There are three main types of tenses:

  • Past Tense
  • Present Tense
  • Future tense

Each expressing a different category of time. The tense of a verb changes depending on its form. In general, the present continuous tense describes actions that are still taking place but have not yet been completed. In contrast, the past perfect tense describes actions that took place in the past.

Verbs come in three tenses, the past, present, and future tense. Each one describes a certain moment in time. These tenses describe what happened in the past, what is happening now, or how the action will end. Tenses can be used to express a time period, whether a time period is past, present, or future, but there are also languages that do not use them. Tenses are essential for writing English, especially if you’re trying to communicate in English.

These tenses can further be of three varieties which define their usage in different ways

  • Simple
  • Perfect 
  • Continuous

Hence there are a total of 9 tenses.

  •  Simple past, Past perfect, Past continuous
  • Simple Present, Present Perfect, Present Continuous
  • Simple Future, Future Perfect and Future Continuous

If you’re writing for an audience, be sure to consider the genre you’re writing in. If you’re writing a first-person short story, you have more latitude to use multiple tenses. On the other hand, if you’re writing for academic purposes, you’re probably bound by the singular time frame. Learning the conventions of form can help you understand the rules of the genre and the time frame of your writing.

Simple tenses shows the time of any action. Perfect tense show completed or perfected action. Continuous tense show something which is happening. The simple past tense indicates that you are discussing an event that has already occurred. Unlike the past continuous tense, which is intended to describe events that occurred across time, the simple past tense stresses the completion of the action.

The past perfect tense refers to a period of time prior to the present. It’s used to show that one event occurred before the other in the past. It makes no difference which incident is mentioned first; the tense indicates which occurred first. as soon as I walked into the workplace.

The Past Continuous tense expresses action at a particular moment in the past. The action started before that moment but has not finished at that moment. The simple future is a verb tense that is used to discuss events that have not yet occurred. The future perfect is a verb form or construction that is used to express an occurrence that is expected or planned to occur before a future time reference.

Verb tense is an important part of writing, as they indicate the time that a certain action or state took place. Tenses are divided into four aspects: the present, past, and future. You can also use past or future aspects to express the time of an action. You should always remember that past tenses are more formal than the present tense. Using the perfect tense, for example, indicates that the action took place at a certain time.

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