Tense Uses

If you are up for the IELTS test, you have enough knowledge about the correct use of tense, let me assume. Among all the varieties of grammatical range you used for your IELTS with a big hope to score 7, a simple tense mistake can change the whole story.

Believe me, examiners will never like to see these mistakes, neither have I loved it. Tense is one of the basic element of any language including English, now think that you are still confused in this section….

Below are just a simple reminders about tense use. Don’t take it as a full guide, in case if you are low at this.

Always consider which of the following tense you should use:-

Present simple:

  • things that are always true (the sky is blue)
  • general statements of fact (I was born in 1982)
  • habits (I go to sleep every night at 11 pm)

Present continuous:

  • an action at the moment of speaking
  • something in progress this week, month or year
  • to talk about a future planned event

Present Perfect:

  • an action that took place at an indefinite time in the past
  • an action that was repeated before now
  • an action that began in the past and continues until now

Present Perfect Continuous:

  • to show the duration of something that happened in the past and continues until now
  • a general activity in progress recently

Past Simple

  • an action that began in the past and finished in the past

Past Continuous

  • talk about an action that was happening in the past when another occurred
  • an action that was in progress at a specific time in the past

Past Perfect

  • talk about something that was completed before another activity or another time in the past

Past Perfect Continuous

  • talk about duration of activity that was in progress before another event in the past
  • an activity in progress that is recent to another time or activity in the past

Future Simple

  • to predict or plan for the future
  • to express a willingness to do something

Future Continuous

  • an action that will be in progress at a time in the future

Future Perfect

  • an action that will be completed before another time or event in the future

Future Perfect Continuous

  • the duration of an action that will be in progress before another time or event in the future

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