The English Tenses


The English Tenses
The English Tenses. Perfect and Continuous.


Table of Tenses All English Tenses


Present SimplePresent ContinuousPast SimplePast Continuous
She eatsYou are eatingShe ateYou were eating
She does not eatYou are not eatingShe did not eatYou were not eating
Does she eat?Are you eating?Did she eat?Were you eating?


Future SimpleConditional SimplePresent PerfectPast Perfect
I will eatI would eatHe has eatenHe had eaten
I will not eatI would not eatHe has not eatenHe had not eaten
Will I eat?Would I eat?Has he eaten?Had he eaten?

Present Perfect Continuous I have been eating
   
Past Perfect Continuous I had been eating
   
Future Continuous I will be eating
   
Future Perfect I will have eaten
   
Future Perfect Continuous I will have been eating
   
Conditional Continuous I would be eating
   
Conditional Perfect I would have eaten
   
Conditional Perfect Continuous I would have been eating


PRESENT
PERFECT
CONTINUOUS
He has been eating
He has not been eating
Has he been eating?
putting emphasis on the duration (not the result) action that recently stopped or is still going on/ finished action that influences the present
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PAST
PERFECT
CONTINUOUS
He had been eating
He had not been eating
Had he been eating?
action taking place before a certain time in the past interchangeable with past perfect
(emphasis on the duration)
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FUTURE
GOING TO
He is going to eat
He is not going to eat
Is he going to eat?
planned decision or conclusion with regard
to the future
FUTURE
CONTINUOUS
He will be eating
He will not be eating
Will he be eating?


action that is going on at a certain time in the future action that is sure to happen in the near future
FUTURE
PERFECT
He will have eaten
He will not have eaten
Will he have eaten?


action that will be finished at a certain time in the future
FUTURE
PERFECT
CONTINUOUS
He will have been
eating
He will not have been
eating
Will he have been
eating?


action taking place before a certain time in the future putting emphasis on the course of an action
CONDITIONAL
PERFECT
He would have
eaten
He would not have
eaten
Would he have
eaten?


action that might have taken place in the past
third conditional:
If I had seen that, I would have helped

CONDITIONAL
PERFECT

CONTINUOUS 
He would have been
eating
He would not have
been eating
Would he have
been eating?
third conditional
unfulfilled result of the

action in the if-clause


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