Ch 4: Tenses in English

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The Tenses in English chapter of this English Grammar Rules Study Guide course is the most efficient way to study tenses and their application in English. This chapter uses simple and fun videos that are about five minutes long, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the different tenses of English.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about Tenses in English for a standard English or grammar course. Topics covered include:

  • Defining and exemplifying conditional English tenses
  • The rules and usage of future and future perfect tense
  • Perfect, past, and past perfect tenses and how to apply them
  • The formation of present perfect tense
  • Past tense forms
  • Unreal conditional sentences
  • Irregular past tense verbs

25 Lessons in Chapter 4: Tenses in English
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Conditional Tense in English: Definition & Examples

1. Conditional Tense in English: Definition & Examples

Conditional tense is a way of showing actions that happen, will happen or might have happened. There are different ways to show conditional tense and what you are trying to say. In this lesson, you will look at the four conditional tenses.

Future Perfect Tense in English: Rules & Use

2. Future Perfect Tense in English: Rules & Use

The future perfect tense is used to show events that will both happen and be completed in the future. This lesson will describe how to identify and use this verb tense.

How & When to Use Past Perfect Tense

3. How & When to Use Past Perfect Tense

The past perfect tense describes actions that happened in the past and were completed. This lesson will discuss the verb forms for this tense and how to tell it apart from other forms of past tense.

How & When to Use Perfect Tense in English

4. How & When to Use Perfect Tense in English

The perfect tense is used to describe events that happen before something else and can appear in conjunction with past, present, and future tenses. This lesson will examine how to identify these tenses and how to express them properly.

How Do You Form the Present Perfect Tense?

5. How Do You Form the Present Perfect Tense?

Present perfect tense lets us know that an action has happened sometime in the past. We don't know exactly when, but we have a general idea. Present perfect can be used to describe a number of different actions as you will learn in this lesson.

How to Write in Future Tense: Rules & Practice

6. How to Write in Future Tense: Rules & Practice

Verb tense indicates the time and duration that an action occurs. In this lesson, we will discuss how to use the future tense of verbs in writing, including simple future, future continuous, future perfect, and future perfect continuous.

How to Write in Present Tense

7. How to Write in Present Tense

Present tense is a verb tense used to describe actions happening right now. This lesson will discuss the simple present, present perfect and present progressive forms of present tense, describing when to use each and how to change the verb to signal the tense.

Rules for Using Past Tense

8. Rules for Using Past Tense

The main rules for using past tense are to determine if you are using simple past and past perfect tenses correctly and to correctly use the simple past or past participle forms of the verbs. This lesson walks you through each of these rules.

Simple Past Tense: Rules, Uses & Practice

9. Simple Past Tense: Rules, Uses & Practice

There are several past tenses in the English language. In this lesson, you'll learn about the rules of simple past tense and practice making sentences using this tense.

Types of Past Tense

10. Types of Past Tense

Verbs that are in past tense describe actions that happened in the past, but there are many different ways of describing those past events depending on when they happened and their relationship to the present.

Unreal Conditional Sentences: Definition & Examples

11. Unreal Conditional Sentences: Definition & Examples

This lesson defines unreal conditional sentences as a subtype of conditional sentences and provides examples and identification practice. Unreal conditional sentences are conditional sentences where the 'if' clauses refer to a situation that is imaginary, not real, or unlikely to occur.

What Are Irregular Past Tense Verbs?

12. What Are Irregular Past Tense Verbs?

The past tense of verbs are actions that have already been completed. Usually, verbs take the same form when they are in the past tense. Sometimes they take an irregular form. Some of these irregular past tense forms are easier than others.

What is Future Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

13. What is Future Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

Future perfect is a tense that is used to describe events that will start in the future and end at some specific point. It is formed by combining 'will have' and the past participle of the verb.

What is Future Tense? - Definition & Examples

14. What is Future Tense? - Definition & Examples

When we talk about things that have yet to happen, we use the future tense. In this lesson, we'll look at examples and uses of future tense verbs. You'll be an expert at future tense when this lesson is done!

What is Past Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

15. What is Past Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

The past perfect tense describes actions that happened in the past but ended at a specific moment. It is formed by adding 'had' to the past participle of the verb. Learn all about it in this lesson!

What is Past Progressive Tense? - Definition & Examples

16. What is Past Progressive Tense? - Definition & Examples

The past progressive tense describes what was in the process of happening when another event occurs. It sets the stage for other events to happen. In this lesson, we'll look at the past progressive tense and when to use it.

What is Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

17. What is Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

It's easy to recognize perfect tense because perfect tense verbs always contain a form of the auxiliary verb 'to have.' Verb tenses help writers establish time; they tell whether something occurred in the past, present or future.

What is Present Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

18. What is Present Perfect Tense? - Definition & Examples

In English, verbs have different tenses to show the time the action occurred. One tense that is used frequently is the present perfect tense. In this lesson, you'll learn about the present perfect tense and how to use it.

What is Present Progressive Tense? - Definition & Examples

19. What is Present Progressive Tense? - Definition & Examples

There are twelve tenses in the English language. This lesson focuses on explaining the present progressive tense. Read on to learn all about how and when to use present progressive.

What is Simple Past Tense? - Definition & Examples

20. What is Simple Past Tense? - Definition & Examples

Did you know verbs can tell time? I run today, but yesterday I ran. When I speak about something that has already happened, I use the past tense form of the verb. In this lesson, we will discuss what it means to use simple past tense.

What is Simple Present Tense? - Definition & Examples

21. What is Simple Present Tense? - Definition & Examples

Is there anything you do that is a habit or repeated activity? These things you do continually in the present are called simple present verbs. In this lesson, learn all about simple present verbs, what they look like, and what they're not.

What is Verb Tense? - Definition & Examples

22. What is Verb Tense? - Definition & Examples

Verb tenses are clues to help us figure out when the action in a sentence is happening. In this lesson, we will learn about different verb tenses and see a chart with examples that will help us know when to use the correct tense.

Present Participle in English: Definition & Examples

23. Present Participle in English: Definition & Examples

The present participle, also known as the -ing form, is a form of a verb that can be used as an adjective, as part of a participial phrase, or to show continuous action or perception.

What is Past Continuous Tense? - Definition & Examples

24. What is Past Continuous Tense? - Definition & Examples

The past continuous tense, also known as the past progressive tense, describes continuous events that happened in the past. In this lesson, learn how to form the past continuous tense and when you might want to use it.

What is the Future Perfect Progressive Tense?

25. What is the Future Perfect Progressive Tense?

The future perfect progressive tense is used to describe continuing actions that will be completed in the future. Sound confusing? It can be, but this lesson will walk you through how to recognize it when you are reading and how to use it in your own writing.

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