What is tense in English grammar

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What is tense in English grammar


English is the world language as one can find English speakers and users in almost all the countries in our world.

If you want to succeed in your modern career, you must know English, and especially tenses in English grammar are the backbone of English learning.

Here we will see what is tense in English grammar.

Learn all tenses in English in detail with the easiest method.

Learn active and passive voice with the simplest possible method.

What is tense in English grammar

A tense is a form of the verb which shows the time of action.

Let me explain to you the above definition.

In simple words tense is time. Our every sentence shows three types of times (Tense). They are as follows.

Three main tenses in English

1)Present tense

2)Past tense

3)Future tense

Let me explain it through practical examples.

He sings a song- present tense

He sang a song- past tense

He will sing a song- Future tense.

You can see that verb forms in the above sentences are different.



Will sing

These verb forms tell us the time of their actions.

In this way, tense is nothing but the time of action shown through verb forms.

What are the subtypes of 3 main tenses in English grammar?

Each main tense in the English language has four subtypes.

They are as follows.

1)Simple tense (present, past, future)

2)Continuous or progressive tense (present, past, future)

3)Perfect tense (present, past, future)

4)Perfect continuous/progressive tense (present, past, future)

In this way, we have total of 12 tenses and we can learn their affirmative, negative, interrogative, and interrogative negative sentences.

Now we will see,

how one sentence is converted in all the 12 tenses.

1)He sings a song-simple present tense.

2)He is singing a song-present continuous tense.

3)He has sung a song-present perfect tense.

4)He has been singing a song-present perfect continuous tense.

5)He sang a song- simple past tense.

6)He was singing a song- past continuous tense.

7)He had sung a song-past perfect tense.

8)He had been singing a song-Past perfect continuous tense.

9)He will sing a song-simple future tense.

10)He will be singing a song-future continuous tense.

11)He will have sung a song-Future perfect tense.

12)He will have been singing a song-future perfect continuous tense.

These are 12 active voice sentences.

Now we will see 8 passive voice sentences.

1)A song is sung by him- Simple present passive voice.

2) A song is being sung by him- present continuous passive voice.

3) A song has been sung by him- present perfect passive voice.

4) A song was sung by him- Simple past passive voice.

5) A song was being sung by him- past continuous passive voice.

6)A song had been sung by him- past perfect passive voice.

7) A song will be sung by him- Simple future passive voice.

8) A song will have been sung by him- future perfect passive voice.

In this way, we have 12 active voice and 8 passive tense sentences.

Conclusion for what is tense in English grammar

From the above discussion, we can conclude that tense is a form of the verb that shows the time of action. There are 3 main tenses. They are present, past, and future. Also, there are 4 subtypes of each tense. They are simple, continuous (Progressive), perfect, perfect continuous (progressive)

I hope you will find this post useful.

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Dipak D. Jagtap: Always the learner.Having spent 16 years in English language training, its time now to reach the world to learn more and to share my experience and practices....
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