Are you familiar with all the tenses?[audio:tenses.mp3]
Time and space are basic concepts. Events take place in space over a period of time. Time is expressed in periods or points. All sentences have a verb and all verbs are marked for time. Verbs show “time” through “tense”.
Tenses are formed using auxiliary verbs:
am is are was were be being been
do does did doing done
have has had
be verb and adjective
Are you French?
No, I am not. I am not French. I am Belgian.
be verb and noun
Is it pork?
Yes, it is. It is pork.
Do you eat seafood?
No, I don’t. I don’t eat seafood.
Is he urinating out the window?
No, he is not. He is just looking.
He is just looking out the window. He is not urinating out the window.
Did you see that?
Yes. I did. I saw it. I saw that. I saw what you saw.
Were you sitting at the front of the school yesterday afternoon?
No, I wasn’t. I wasn’t there. I wasn’t sitting there. I went straight home.
Have you ever eaten monkey?
No, I haven’t. I have never tried it.
How long have you been living in Australia?
I have been living here for about three years.
past perfect simple
I had already seen him.
past perfect continuous
I had been working there for about a year when it happened.
Will you get off my foot, please?
Sorry! I am terribly sorry!
future “will” continuous
Will you be leaving today?
Not today. I will be staying another night.
I am going to see him tonight.
Future Continuous “going to” continuous
I am going to be seeing him tonight.