For, since, ago
For, since, ago can be confusing for many learners of English. This article looks at when we use them.
We use since to talk about a time in the past when we started doing something or something started happening.
We use the present perfect or present perfect continuous to show something that started in the past but is still happening or important to the present.
Since + a point of time in the past
I have been living in England since 2008.
I have lived in this house since May.
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Future tense with will
There are several ways of talking about the future in English. In many situations we use the present tenses: present simple and present continuous. This post looks at how we use the future tense with will.
At the end, for more advanced learners, we also look at future perfect tenses.
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WILL + negative
I will not I won’t
You will not you won’t
He/she/it will not he/she/it won’t
They/we will not They/we won’t
We use will to say what we think is going to happen (predictions).
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Present tense for the future
There are several ways of talking about the future in English. One way is to use ‘will’. However, this article shows how we use the present tense for the future. First we shall look at how we form the present tenses.
The present tenses in English are the present continuous:
I am doing
You are doing
He/she/it is doing
We/they/you are doing
And the present simple:
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Questions with do
In this article we look at two ways of asking questions with do. They are sometimes called ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ questions. We use the present tense when using the auxiliary verb ‘do’. We can use do to ask questions about the present and the past. However, the main verb in the sentence is always in the present tense except when using ‘did’ as a question tag. See below:
Examples of using ‘do’
The first puts ‘do’ at the beginning of the sentence, for example:
Do you like sports?
and the second put ‘do’ at the end of the sentence, for example:
You like sports, don’t you?
Did you like the film? (‘like’ is in the present tense here)
You liked the film, didn’t you? (‘like is in the past tense here)
Forming questions with do in the present:
Do/does + subject + infinitive
Do I want to go for a walk?
Do you like pizza?
Does she swim much?
Does your car go fast?
Do they play tennis?
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How do we form the present perfect?
When do we use the present perfect?
What are the common mistakes?
The present perfect is the verb ‘have’
and the past participle, for example:
Subject has/have past participle
I have worked
You have worked
He/she/it has worked
We/they have worked
Some examples of regular verbs:
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What is the past continuous?
When is the past continuous used?
At the end are 5 advanced-level uses of the past continuous for more confident learners.
The past continuous uses the past of the verb ‘be’ and the infinitive + ‘ing’
Subject was/were infinitive + ‘ing’
I was playing tennis
You were playing tennis
He/she/it was playing tennis
We/they were playing tennis
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We use the present simple when we want to talk about,
Things we do regularly/often
Things that are true/facts
To tell someone how to do something
To talk about timetables/schedules
When do we use the present simple and what does it look like?
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This article looks at the past simple. We use the past simple to talk about actions that have finished.
What does the past simple look like?
When do we use the past simple?
When I was twelve my family moved to a new house.
This sentence contains two past simple tense verbs.
Was – the past of the verb ‘to be’. This is an irregular verb. It does not follow rules.
Moved – the past of the verb ‘to move’. This is a regular verb. It follows the same rules as other regular verbs.
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This article looks at the present continuous. We use it to talk about something that is
happening at the time of speaking or
happening around the time of speaking
So what does the present continuous look like (it’s form) and when do we use it?
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