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    Can anyone tell me what the tenses and aspects are for the following sentances, if they are tenses at all?

    Preterite/ Imperfect
    I did do
    I did used to do
    I used to be doing
    I did use to be doing
    I used to have been doing
    I did use to have been doing


    Future
    I was going to do
    I am going to do
    I am going to be doing
    I was going to be doing
    I will be going to do
    I will be going to be doing


    Future Perfect
    I will have been going to do
    I will have been going to be doing
    I will have used to have been doing
    I will have used to have been going to do
    I will have used to have been going to be doing


    Many thanks

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    You seem to have a rather confused notion of what a tense-form actually is.

    Some of the above (e.g. I used to be doing) are not tense-forms, but simply assorted combinations of verb phrases, in the case of the above, of the simple past of the verb 'use' (used) + the progressive infinitive of the verb 'be' (to be doing).

    Many (e.g. * I will have used to have been going to be doing) are frankly complete nonsense.

    I cannot help but wonder what the imagined purpose of this task is, given that many of the forms you cite are non-existent.

    If this has been given to you as homework, I would seriously suggest a change of teacher!
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    Default Re: Complex Tenses

    You might like to check the Grammar Guide in the ICALwiki for more on verb tense and aspect.

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