Quantity of tenses


How many tenses does English language have?

asked Jan 18 '11 at 10:24 Julia New member

"tenses" is a plural countable noun so you should say "number of tenses"."quantity" is for an uncountable noun, for example: Your body needs a sufficient quantity of water on a daily basis to function properly.

Cathy GartaganisDec 19 '15 at 23:31

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As I count them, there are 12 tenses, but the matter is debated.


The simple tenses:

Future simple: I will study French language tomorrow.

Present simple: I study everything.

Past simple: I studied math yesterday.


The progressive tenses:

Future progressive: I will be studying tomorrow.

Present progressive: I am studying now.

Past progressive: I was studying an hour ago.


The perfect tenses:

Future perfect: I will have studied for two years next month.

Future perfect progressive: I will have been studying all day when she arrives home.

Present perfect: I have studied Geology.

Present perfect progressive: I have been studying History all day.

Past perfect: I had studied all week before I took the exam.

Past perfect progressive: I had been studying all night, when I found out the exam was postponed.

link comment answered Jan 18 '11 at 20:16 Kimberly Expert

There are 16 tenses.

link answered Jan 18 '11 at 11:03 Eric New member

What are you considering a tense? KimberlyJan 18 '11 at 19:55

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The simple tense

my mother want me to became a goog teachers

link answered Feb 07 '12 at 10:28 aunghtunlin New member

My mother wants me to become a good teacher.

Cathy GartaganisDec 19 '15 at 23:28

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