Grammar: Past, Present and Future Tense

Language Structure: Determiners

Tenses

Tenses are forms of a verb that show the time, continuance or completion of an action or a state that is expressed in connection with the moment at which a statement is made about it. The following tenses are commonly used:

I. PRESENT TENSE

Simple Present Tense

We use the simple present tense:

  • To show a fact or something that is always true.

Examples

  • The heart pumps blood through the body.
  • A doctor treats patients.
  • Babies cry.
  • For daily routines or something done regularly or habitually.

Examples:

  • I never work on weekends.
  • I do exercise every morning.
  • She goes to church on Sundays.
  • For an action that is planned to happen in the future.

Examples:

  • The train for Apapa departs at seven o’clock.
  • The meeting begins in an hour’s time.
  • To express thoughts, feelings and states.

Examples:

  • They feel a lot of loyalty to the company.
  • Joke doubts the truth of  Damilare’s statement.
  • For sports, commentaries, reviews (book, film, play, etc.) and narration.

Examples:

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