Quantity of tenses
How many tenses does English language have?
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.
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