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English Present Tenses

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English present tenses lead capture page!

You are welcome to browse and copy this page for whatever purpose you like. I have given details of the simple present tense, the present continuous or progressive tense and the grammatical structure of 'going to' plus verb base form which is similar to the present continuous tense. I have also included information about the active voice and the passive voice for each tense. Furthermore, I have given mnemonics for each tense to help you remember when you should use that particular tense.

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Name of tenseUsageMnemonic
Present simple tenseused for permanent routines, habits, facts, timetablesRAPS *
Active voicePassive voice
PositiveI/you/we/they studyHe/she/it studiesBooks are studied by students
NegativeI/you/we/they don't studyHe/she/it doesn't studyBooks are not studied by students
QuestionDo I/you/we/they study?Does he/she/it study?Are books studied by students?
Positive short answersYes, I/you/we/they doYes, he/she/it does
Negative short answersNo, I/you/we/they don'tNo, he/she/it does not
Present continuous tenseused for temporary actions happening now or around now;NIPCON *
future plans
Active voicePassive voice
PositiveI am studyingYou/we/they are studyingHe/she/it is studyingBooks are being studied by students
NegativeI am not studyingYou/we/they are not studyingHe/she/it is not studyingBooks are not being studied by students
QuestionAm I studying?Are you/we/they studying?Is he/she/it studying?Are books being studied by students?
Positive short answersYes, I amYes, you/we/they areYes, he/she/it is
Negative short answersNo, I am notNo, you/we/they are notNo, he/she/it is not
Like the present continuousused for future intentions decided already, predictions
Active voicePassive voice
PositiveI am going to studyYou/we/they are going to studyHe/she/it is going to studyBooks are going to be studied by students
NegativeI am not going to studyYou are not going to studyHe/she/it is not going to studyBooks are not going to be studied by students
QuestionAm I going to study?Are you/we/they going to study?Is he/she/it going to study?Are books going to be studied by students?
Positive short answersYes, I amYes, you/we/they areYes, he/she/it is
Negative short answersNo, I am notNo, you/we/they are notNo, he/she/it is not

* Key to mnemonics: RAPS repeats are present simple. NIPCON now is present continuous.


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created 27th March, 2020. Thanks are due to ecc (Thailand)