When do we use the propper verb tense?

Simple Present

USE 1 Repeated Actions

USE 2 Facts or Generalizations

USE 3 Scheduled Events in the Near Future

USE 4 Now (Non-Continuous Verbs)

Simple Past

USE 1 Completed Action in the Past

USE 2 A Series of Completed Actions

USE 3 Duration in Past

USE 4 Habits in the Past

USE 5 Past Facts or Generalizations

Simple Future

USE 1 “Will” to Express a Voluntary Action

USE 2 “Will” to Express a Promise

USE 3 “Be going to” to Express a Plan

USE 4 “Will” or “Be Going to” to Express a Prediction

Present Continuous

USE 1 Now

USE 2 Longer Actions in Progress Now

USE 3 Near Future

USE 4 Repetition and Irritation with “Always”

Past Continuous

USE 1 Interrupted Action in the Past

USE 2 Specific Time as an Interruption

USE 3 Parallel Actions

USE 4 Atmosphere

USE 5 Repetition and Irritation with “Always”

Future Continuous

USE 1 Interrupted Action in the Future

USE 2 Specific Time as an Interruption in the Future

USE 3 Parallel Actions in the Future

USE 4 Atmosphere in the Future

 

Present Perfect

USE 1 Unspecified Time Before Now

USE 2 Duration From the Past Until Now (Non-Continuous Verbs)

Past Perfect

USE 1 Completed Action Before Something in the Past

USE 2 Duration Before Something in the Past (Non-Continuous Verbs)

Future Perfect

USE 1 Completed Action Before Something in the Future

USE 2 Duration Before Something in the Future (Non-Continuous Verbs)

Present Perfect Continuous

USE 1 Duration from the Past Until Now

USE 2 Recently, Lately

Past Perfect Continuous

USE 1 Duration Before Something in the Past

USE 2 Cause of Something in the Past

Future Perfect Continuous

USE 1 Duration Before Something in the Future

USE 2 Cause of Something in the Future

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