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    I'm a two-tense chap.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tdol
    I'm a two-tense chap.
    Indeed! :wink:

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    Quote Originally Posted by Casiopea
    In all, there are close to thirty tenses, in English, marked by auxiliaries.

    :D
    Are youincluding passives as separate tenses? If not, I'm not sure how you get that number.

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    Re: How many tenses are there in English language?

    There are 16 tenses in english. I'll list them ...
    1. Present Simple - I play
    2. Present Continuous - I am playing
    3. Present Perfect - I have played
    4. Present Perfect Continuous - I have been playing
    5. Past Simple - I played
    6. Past Continuous - I was playing
    7. Past Perfect - I had played
    8. Past Perfect Continuous - I had been playing
    9. Future Simple - I will play (including "be going to + infinitive" form) I am goint to play
    10. Future Continuous - I will be playing
    11. Future Perfect - I will have played
    12. Future Perfect Continuous - I will have been playing
    13. Future Simple in the past - I would play (including the "was/were going to + infinitive" form)
    14. Future Continuous in the past - I would be bathing
    15. Future Perfect in the past - I would have played
    16. Future Perfect Continuous in the past - I would have been playing

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    Re: How many tenses are there in English language?

    There are just the two, actually.

    1 Present Tense
    1. Present Simple - I play
    2. Present Continuous - I am playing
    3. Present Perfect - I have played
    4. Present Perfect Continuous - I have been playing

    2 Past Tense
    5. Past Simple - I played
    6. Past Continuous - I was playing
    7. Past Perfect - I had played
    8. Past Perfect Continuous - I had been playing

    Aspect
    9. Future Simple - I will play (including "be going to + infinitive" form) I am goint to play
    10. Future Continuous - I will be playing
    11. Future Perfect - I will have played
    12. Future Perfect Continuous - I will have been playing
    13. Future Simple in the past - I would play (including the "was/were going to + infinitive" form)
    14. Future Continuous in the past - I would be bathing
    15. Future Perfect in the past - I would have played
    16. Future Perfect Continuous in the past - I would have been playing

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    Re: How many tenses are there in English language?

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    There are just the two, actually.

    1 Present Tense
    1. Present Simple - I play
    2. Present Continuous - I am playing
    3. Present Perfect - I have played
    4. Present Perfect Continuous - I have been playing

    2 Past Tense
    5. Past Simple - I played
    6. Past Continuous - I was playing
    7. Past Perfect - I had played
    8. Past Perfect Continuous - I had been playing

    Aspect
    9. Future Simple - I will play (including "be going to + infinitive" form) I am goint to play
    10. Future Continuous - I will be playing
    11. Future Perfect - I will have played
    12. Future Perfect Continuous - I will have been playing
    13. Future Simple in the past - I would play (including the "was/were going to + infinitive" form)
    14. Future Continuous in the past - I would be bathing
    15. Future Perfect in the past - I would have played
    16. Future Perfect Continuous in the past - I would have been playing
    There are only two

    What about Future tense family then?

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    Re: How many tenses are there in English language?

    Quote Originally Posted by kiranlegend View Post
    There are only two

    What about Future tense family then?
    Look back at Soup's post. THERE ARE ONLY TWO TENSES AS SUCH IN ENGLISH; the other ways of talking about time are called the ASPECTS!

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    Re: How many tenses are there in English language?

    TDOL, thanks for putting in your two tense; hey....... that nun with the ruler in gradeschool has some 'splainn' to do!!
    I agree with the two tenses, but three is the "norm" when most of my class was asked their response to the question(secret ballot-no mob theory). It's tough to teach "aspects" when they have Past, Present, Future in their heads from their own language.--Any ideas on how i might broach the subject, or "go along to get along"??
    B.

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    Re: How many tenses are there in English language?

    Guys, please, read it and maybe it'll make the learning of tenses easier.
    There are 4 groups of tenses: Simple, Continuous, Perfect and Perfect Continuous.
    Meanings.
    Simple Tenses: simple regular actions, something that is always true.
    Eg. I read books every day.
    Continuous Tenses: action in progress, action that is happening at the moment of speaking.
    Eg. I am reading a book now.
    Perfect Tenses: actions which have results.
    Eg. I have read three books this month.
    Perfect Continuous Tenses: actions that combine result+action in process.
    Eg. I have been reading a book from the moment I came home.

    And: each of this tenses has forms of the present, past and future which makes altogether 12 tenses!!!

    Hope it will help. It's fun to learn tenses. Good luck to everybody.

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    Re: How many tenses are there in English language?

    To me, there are five tenses and five aspects, for twenty-five total possibilities. However, some are logically impossible, so we only have a few, about half of those:

    Here's my explanation in a pdf I made about 5 years ago:
    www.chass.utoronto.ca/french/as-sa/timezonesfortenses.pdf

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