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Verb Tense Meaning


verb form that shows the time of an action or condition

present tense

occurs now, general truth or regular basis

past tense

completed in the past

future tense

shows an action that will occur

progressive form

shows an action or condition in progress

present form

shows an action or condition in the present

present progressive

currently in progress

past progressive

in progress for a period of time in the past

future progressive

will be in progress in the future

future form

action is yet to come

present perfect

places an action or condition in a stretch of time leading up to the present

past perfect

places a past action or condition before another past action or condition

future perfect

places a future action or condition before another future action or condition

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