The Tenses System

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  • smudger
    30 March, 2018 at 9:04
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    Hi all
    I have just started a 120hr tefl course from ITTT and I’m having trouble with the Tenses. I just can’t seem to get my head around the understanding of the different Tenses. The course is a multiple choice type.
    Just need a good way to remember this.

    Any help would be much appreciated

    Niall Houghton
    15 April, 2018 at 10:08
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    If you think of it this way:

    For each of these tenses there are SIMPLE, CONTINUOUS, PERFECT and PERFECT CONTINUOUS forms. These follow a pattern which are easy to understand and remember.

    Starting with an example for present tense: I play (present simple) , I am playing (present continuous), I have played (present perfect), I have been playing (present perfect continuous).

    If you remember the above pattern, you can apply the pattern to the other tenses e.g.

    Past tense: I played (past simple), I was playing (past continuous), I had played (past perfect), I had been playing (past perfect continuous).

    Future tense, you use will/shall…..I will/shall play (future simple)……you should now be able to work out the rest….

    Conditional tense, you use would……I would play (conditional simple……….you can apply the pattern to the rest………

    If you can understand, work out and remember all of the above, you will be doing very well.

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