The Tenses of a verb are the various forms that indicate primarily a relationship of events in time.
Read the following sentences:
1. He is singing a song.
2. He sang a song at the party.
3. He will sing a song at the party.
All three sentences refer to the act of ‘singing’ at three different points of time.
Sentence (1) refers to an action which takes place now at Present.
Sentence (2) refers to an action which took place sonic time ago in the Past.
Sentence (3) refers to an action which will take place in Future.
Hence, we conclude the Tense Form of a verb shows when an action takes place. or a state. or a thing exists. There are three Tenses:
(1) Present Tense,
(2) Past Tense,
(3) Future Tense.
It is not enough to say that an action takes place in Present. We want to know that at what stage the action is at the time of speaking. For this purpose each Tense is sub-divided into Four heads:
|1. Simple Present
2. Present Continuous
3. Present Perfect
4.Present Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Continuous
Future Perfect Continuous