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    Dear All

    i am the beginner in English, and i really want to know about all Tenses, because i still don't understand about it.
    can someone explain to me? which is i need the patterns from every tense, and how to use that.


    thanks, for the answering


    cheers Rama :)

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    Rama,

    Your English seems okay. You have used verbs quite successfully in your post. Do you not have a specific question?


    The base form of the English verb is the unconjugated, non-finite form:

    To work.

    In this form it does not exhibit tense.

    If it is a regular verb you form the past tense by adding the suffix ed.

    Worked.

    If it is irregular, the past form does not follow this rule, and it must be learnt as a new word.

    To buy = bought.

    The present tense is very simple to use as it is the unconjugated form of the verb. It only changes when it must agree with a singular subject in the 3rd person. (We add an s to the verb)

    I/You/We/they buy...

    John/He/She/It buys...


    We form the continuous tense by adding ing to the verb in its unconjugated form. The tense is determined by a form of to be which preceeds the ing form of the verb.

    I am/was working.

    Verbs are not inflected to form the future tense. We use present tenses and auxilary verbs to form the future tense.

    I leave at 9:00 (present simple).

    I am working later (present continuous).

    I will/shall decide what I want to do next week (will/shall auxilaries).

    I am going to buy a new car (be going auxilary).


    This is a very, very rough outline which leaves much to be said. A lot of what I have written is not definitive: it does not apply universally. There are exceptions.

    If you have a specific question regarding a particular use of a tense in context, you will receive a much more useful answer.

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by colloquium View Post
    Rama,

    Your English seems okay. You have used verbs quite successfully in your post
    thanks for your appreciation, but sometimes i'm not confidence with my self if i make some english paragraph, i'm too affraid if i wrong and get shamed

    but thanks for the help about the tenses, that's very help :)

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    Making mistakes is one of the best ways to learn. It's nothing to feel bad about.

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    Free advice. (Suggestions in blue.)

    Quote Originally Posted by ramaa24 View Post

    i am the beginner in English, and i really want to know about all Tenses, because i still don't understand about it.
    can someone explain to me?
    I am a beginner at English, and I really want to know about tenses, because I don't understand them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
    Free advice. (Suggestions in blue.)


    I am a beginner at English, and I really want to know about tenses, because I don't understand them.
    thanks for fixed my mistakes :)

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    Re: Tenses

    I want to ask something, I still confused about amount of tenses in English is 12 or 16?



    thanks for answering :)

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by ramaa24 View Post
    I want to ask something, I still confused about amount of tenses in English is 12 or 16?
    There are 12 ways to dress up a verb:

    Present 'I ate'
    Present Continuous 'I am eating'
    Present Perfect 'I have eaten'

    Past 'I ate'
    Past Continuous 'I was eating'
    Past Perfect 'I had eaten'

    Future 'I will eat'
    Future Continuous 'I will be eating'
    Future Perfect 'I will have eaten'

    Conditional (Type 0 & 1) 'If I eat, I (will) gain weight'
    Conditional (Type 2) 'If I ate, I would gain weight'
    Conditional (Type 3) 'If I had eaten, I would have gained weight'


    Note, however, that,
    English has two [grammatical] tenses by which verbs are inflected, a non-past tense (present-tense) and a past tense (indicated by ablaut [vowel change] or the suffix -ed). What is commonly called the future tense in English is indicated with a modal auxiliary (i.e., will) not verbal inflection.

    Source Grammatical tense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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    Re: Tenses

    Quote Originally Posted by Soup View Post
    Present 'I ate'
    Present Continuous 'I am eating'
    Present Perfect 'I have eaten'
    Shouldn't the first one be "I eat"?


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