Part A 8.Select the correct Tense

part a 8(tnpsc english study material)


The concept of tense in English grammar is a method that we use to refer to time – past, present and future

   simple present tense:

1. To express general truths

Eg: Time and tide wait for none

2. To express a habitual action:

Eg: She reads a newspaper every morning.

3. To express planned activities:

Eg: The C.M visits our school on Monday.

   simple past tense:

1. For a past discontinued habit

Eg: He usually went walking in the morning.

2.For a past action with past time adverbs

Eg: We went to America in 2010.

   Simple future tense:

  1. To express future actions

Eg: They will come home by tomorrow.


Present continuous tense:

1. An action which going on currently

Eg: I am reading a novel.

2. To express future planned action

Eg: We are moving to a new home this week

Past continuous tense:

1.For an action going on at some time in the past

Eg: I was skipping food in the night.

2.For a retained habit in the past

Eg: She was always talking about her greatness.

Future continuous tense:

1. To express an action which going on in future

Eg: When I go playground she will be practicing tennis.

2.For future planned

Eg: We will be going abroad this month.


Present perfect tense:

1. To express the actions which completed just now

Eg: My father has left home just now.

2. To express the past actions of which time is not specific

Eg: I have never come here before.

3. To express the action which started in past and continued till now

Eg: I have not seen him for a long time.

Past perfect tense:

1. To express one of the two past actions which completed earlier

Eg: When we reached the railway station, the train had moved.

Future perfect tense:

1.For future completed action

Eg: I shall have written the homework by this evening


Present perfect continuous tense:

1. To express an action which began in past and is still going on

Eg: She has been learning French since last year.

Past perfect continuous tense:

1.For an action began and had been on progress until another action started

Eg: When I returned home, my mom had been cleaning the home for an hour.

Future perfect continuous tense:

1. For an action will happen in future and will continue to a certain time in future

Eg: She will have been practicing the dance for 2 months by July.



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