Tenses mean time; Time of work. Work in a sentence is denoted by verb. Thus tense tells about the time of verb.
Study of rules of tenses helps us in understanding the uses of helping verbs, forms of verb and subject –verb concord.
In primary (1st to 5th) and middle (6th to 8th) classes tenses are means to learn English language. They are very helpful in correlating sentences of our mother tongue to the sentences of English language. There is a special focus on translation from mother tongue into English language and vice versa. Thus, tenses are very important part of English grammar course.
Tenses are divided into three parts namely Past, Present and future tense. If a sentence tells a Past event, it is constructed by using rules of past tense. Similarly present tense is used to construct sentences telling about present events and future tense for future events.
Each of these three tenses is further divided into four Parts. Indefinite, continuous, Perfect and Perfect continuous. In all , there are 12 tenses as mentioned in the following table.
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