English Verbs - 'Perfect' Tenses

June 6, 2013
This post provides a simple format for the past, present and future perfect tenses:

 
Present Perfect
I have watched TV for many years.   
You have watched TV for many years.   
He has watched TV for many years.   
She has watched TV for many years.   
It has watched TV for many years.   
We have watched TV for many years.   
You have watched TV for many years.   
They have watched TV for many years.   

Present Perfect Continuous
I have been watching TV for three hours.   
You have been watching TV for three hours.   
He has been watching TV for three hours.   
She has been watching TV for three hours.   
It has been watching TV for three hours.   
We have been watching TV for three hours.   
You have been watching TV for three hours.   
They have been watching TV for three hours.
  
Past Perfect
I had eaten lunch before the phone rang.   
You had eaten lunch before the phone rang.   
He had eaten lunch  before the phone rang.   
She had eaten lunch before the phone rang.   
It had eaten lunch before the phone rang.   
We had eaten lunch before the phone rang.   
You had eaten lunch before the phone rang.   
They had eaten lunch before the phone rang.   

Past Perfect Continuous
I had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.   
You had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.   
He had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.   
She had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.   
It had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.   
We had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.   
You had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.   
They had been watching TV for three hours before he arrived.
  
 
 
Future Perfect
I will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.   
You will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.   
He will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.   
She will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.   
It will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.   
We will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.   
You will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.   
They will have read the book by three o'clock tomorrow afternoon.
  
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been learning English for two years.   
You will have been learning English for two years.   
He will have been learning English for two years.   
She will have been learning English for two years.   
It will have been learning English for two years.   
We will have been learning English for two years.   
You will have been learning English for two years.   
They will have been watching English for two years.  


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English Verbs - Future Simple and Continuous

June 5, 2013
Here is a quick tabular representation of the Future simple and continuous tenses. The former is shown with the 'will' and 'going to' forms.

 
Future Simple A
I will watch TV tomorrow   
You will watch TV tomorrow   
He will watch TV tomorrow   
She will watch TV tomorrow   
It will watch TV tomorrow   
We will watch TV tomorrow   
You will watch TV tomorrow   
They will watch TV tomorrow   
Future Simple B
I am going to watch TV in the morning.   
You are going to watch TV in the morn...

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English Verbs - Past & Present Simple & Continuous

May 30, 2013
We have recently had queries from ESL students who are looking for a simple reference guide to the verb tenses in English.
A tabular format for looking at verbs works well, so that is provided below for 4 different tenses 
Present Simple, Present Continuous, Past Simple and Past Continuous
 
Tense Subject Auxiliary Verb Main Verb Objects / Time / Place   
Present Simple I - eat breakfast every day.   
You - eat breakfast every day.   
He - eat breakfast every day.   
She -...

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