A verb is a word that expresses an action, state of being, or an occurrence. If you ask a linguist, they’ll tell you there are only two verb tenses in the English language—past and present; however, you’re more likely to be told there are three—past, present, and future.
For most people, including writers, we consider verbs to have three main tenses—past, present, and future—and four sub-tenses—simple, progressive (or continuous), perfect, and perfect progressive (or continuous).
Writers use the different verb tenses to tell readers when in time events or actions occurred. A chart has been provided below to show examples, usage, and the formula for each verb tense.
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