So, we are starting our online course about the English tenses.
First and foremost, how many tenses are there in English? If you take an active voice, there are in total 12 of them, but actually the main idea is to get to know the present with all the four aspects and then it will be very easy to consider the remaining 8.
Ok, let’s get started. Tenses are connected with the verbs we use. Take any verb in English and you can say whether it shows an action or a state. If it’s a state it can’t be progressive as it only shows what you are, you think or feel; whereas an action can be something changing and continuous. Mind this while choosing between the Simple and Continuous.
This table will help you to understand and use the two tenses properly.
|Present simple||Present continuous|
| Factual information
Actions and situations that are generally true
Verbs that are generally used in a simple tense
Directions and instructions
Summary and historic events
Always, usually, often, generally, every day
|Event in progress at the moment of speaking
Current situations and ongoing projects
Describing temporary situation
Changing and developing situations
Talking about repeated actions
Now, at the moment, today, always, this week