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  • Pavini

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    June 20, 2024 at 12:58 pm
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    There are 3 main verb tenses in English:

    1. Past Tense – Indicates an action or state that occurred in the past, such as “I walked to the park” or “She had studied for the exam.”

    2. Present Tense – Indicates an action or state that is occurring in the present, such as “I walk to the park every day” or “She studies for the exam.”

    3. Future Tense – Indicates an action or state that will occur in the future, such as “I will walk to the park later” or “She will study for the exam tomorrow.”

    In addition, there are some other verb constructions that can be considered additional tenses or aspects, such as:

    • Present Progressive/Continuous: “I am walking to the park.”
    • Past Progressive/Continuous: “I was walking to the park.”
    • Future Progressive/Continuous: “I will be walking to the park.”
    • Present Perfect: “I have walked to the park.”
    • Past Perfect: “I had walked to the park.”
    • Future Perfect: “I will have walked to the park.”

    So while there are 3 main tenses, English has a fairly complex verbal system with additional constructions that can convey nuanced meanings about the timing and progression of an action. The exact number of “tenses” can vary depending on how they are defined.

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