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    Hello all,

    I am due to start a CELTA course in 1 months time. I was given the pre-course task to work through about 5 weeks ago, which I have mostly completed.

    The bits I am struggling on are the verb tense sections (simple past, present perfect, etc. etc.). I was wondering if there is a good website/resource where I can revise these. I have looked in grammar books and online, but am still not confident with identifying the various verb tenses.

    I have tried to create a 'verb chart' to help me revise, I would be very grateful if you could take a quick look and see if it is right, and what you think to it eg. any suggestions.


    Thanks for your help.

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    Default Re: Verb Tenses

    Is this chart to give to students or is it for you to revise? It's OK for revision although too much simplification can be problematic. There's also a mistake in the past continuous box.

    The future is very difficult to simplify because we don't have a proper future tense, we just modify verbs and use other tenses to indicate the future. You might want to break up that section into different ways of talking about the future.

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    Page 30 of this will help you recognise the tenses:
    http://www.gramorak.com/Articles/VerbForms.pdf

    You may find other pages helpful.

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    Hi,

    Thanks for the help.

    The table was something I made to try and help me revise (I have no students :P, I haven't started my CELTA course yet).

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    You might want to look at states as well as actions- the present perfect progressive, for example, doesn't always reflect the same with states and actions. We can use the progressive form with a state to indicate that it is temporary or may end.

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    Argh, its all so confusing! Do they teach you this stuff on the CELTA course or are you expected to know it?

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    Default Re: Verb Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by shroob View Post
    Argh, its all so confusing! Do they teach you this stuff on the CELTA course or are you expected to know it?
    You'll learn a lot on the course - and throughout your career.

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