ENGLISH TENSES 13

This is a page devoted to understanding how we use the tenses in English. Watch each video (you can scroll down to see which ones you want to see first) and then do some written exercises to make sure you’ve understand the important points. Good luck!

I. SIMPLE PRESENT vs. PRESENT CONTINUOUS

II. PRESENT CONTINUOUS vs. PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

III. PRESENT PERFECT vs PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS

IV. PRESENT PERFECT vs PRETERIT

The Present Perfect tense is perhaps the most difficult past tense to learn for foreign students. Practice with some online exercises and do them as many times as possible until you think you’ve comprehended the different rules:

13 comments

  1. Hi Debsquickpicks,
    On a similar note,, G.B. Shaw’s famous quip that England and America are two countries separated by a common language seems to be as true today as ever. This becomes even more evident for people who have business connections (or connexions, if you prefer) in the UK or with people who learned UK English.
    BTW great blogpost

    • I think we have a lot more in common now than when that quip was uttered thanks to music, TV, books, the internet, etc….and now the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee which brought a lot of us back together again!! Hip Hip Hooray!

    • I think we have a lot more in common now than when that quip was uttered thanks to music, TV, books, the internet, etc….and now the Queen’s 60th Diamond Jubilee which brought a lot of us back together again. Hip Hip Hooray!

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