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Last reply by: Haiqing Chen
Thu Aug 9, 2018 1:40 PM

Post by Macy Li on June 29, 2017

Isn't 'tempus' the Latin word for 'time', and not 'tenpus'?

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Last reply by: Haiqing Chen
Thu Aug 9, 2018 1:46 PM

Post by Mohammed Fayaz Amanulla on April 9, 2015

please explain the difference between past and past participle.

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Last reply by: TAHA sakor
Tue Nov 11, 2014 10:52 AM

Post by TAHA sakor on November 11, 2014

why you add s or es or ies to the verb

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Post by TAHA sakor on November 10, 2014

why you add (s)to the verb ??????????????

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Thu Oct 3, 2013 12:33 PM

Post by ANIL PAHWANI on October 3, 2013

I find learning Tenses difficult and tend to forget it, although this lecture was very helpful can u please advice some activities which can make simpler.

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Wed Sep 11, 2013 12:23 PM

Post by Archimedes S on September 11, 2013

Just to clarify, in example 2 in the section "Using Simple Tenses", is "before" acting as a conjunction?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Sat Aug 3, 2013 1:25 AM

Post by Seifer Seiferovski on August 1, 2013

There should be another rule for use of the simple present tense. That is - when you have state and action verbs which mean different things accordingly to the tense.

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Thu Jun 20, 2013 6:11 PM

Post by Vivek Bansal on June 20, 2013

Whats the difference between the past tense and the past participle?

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Last reply by: Professor Hendershot
Tue May 7, 2013 12:24 PM

Post by Vlad Stan on May 7, 2013

Why do you use enjoys instead of enjoies for 3rd person?

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Post by PABLO AGREDANO on December 10, 2012

i thought that the past tense and the past participle were the same thing. u just add -ed. how do you know when to use the past tense and the past participle with the irregular verbs?

Simple Tenses

  • Verb tenses are the ways that verbs change according to the time at which the action occurs.
  • The simple present tense describes actions that occur in the present. It is the base form of the verb, except in the case of the third person, where –sis added. Use the simple present tense for habitual actions, actions occurring at the moment, and facts or general truths.
  • The simple past tense describes actions that occurred in the past. For regular verbs, the past participle is also the simple past tense.
  • Some verbs have irregular past tense and past participle forms. You’ll have to study and memorize these individually.
  • The simple future tense describes actions that will occur in the future. It is formed by adding the helping verb willbefore the base form. Use the simple future tense for actions that will occur in the future and actions that can be predicted given certain circumstances.

Simple Tenses

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  • Intro 0:00
  • Lesson Overview 0:07
  • What is a Verb Tense? 0:33
    • Definition
    • 3 Simple Tenses
  • Review of Basic Verb Forms 1:12
    • Definition
    • Present Participle Form
    • Past Participle Form
  • Single Present Tense 2:01
    • Third-Person Singular
    • Examples
  • Simple Past Tense 3:11
    • Form Past Tense
    • Examples
  • Irregular Past Tense and Past Participle 4:00
    • Most Irregular Verb
  • Irregular Verbs with Same Past & Past Participle Forms 5:09
  • Irregular Verbs with Different Past & Past Participle Forms 5:40
  • Irregular Verbs with Same Base 6:03
  • Learning Irregular Verbs 6:34
    • Best Way to Learn Irregular Verbs
  • Simple Future Tense 7:04
    • You It for 2 Kinds of Actions
  • Using Simple Tenses 8:01
    • Use it For
    • Examples
    • Use Simple Past Tense
    • Examples
    • Using Simple Future Tense
    • Examples
  • Using Simple Tenses Practice 9:29
  • Using Simple Tenses Answers 9:55
  • Using Simple Tenses Practice 2 10:37
  • Using Simple Tenses Answers 2 11:08