When do we use these tenses?

SIMPLE PRESENT

We use this tense to talk about:

  • habits                                                    My father drives to work
  • how often things happen                          It rains almost everyday in the rainforest
  • permanent situations                               I live in North London
  • general truths or facts                             Water boils at 100 C
  • general abilities                                       I play the piano
  • states                                                    I know him and his brother
  • the future in timetable                              My train leaves in an hour

PRESENT CONTINUOUS

We use this tense to talk about:

  • actions in progress at the moment of speaking                          It is raining, come inside!
  • temporary series of actions                                                      I am learning to drive
  • temporary situations                                                                We are staying at the Grand Hotel
  • changing situations                                                                 The city is getting bigger every year
  • annoying habits                                                                       You are always losing your keys!!

PAST SIMPLE

We use this tense to talk about:

  • single completed actions                                I walked to school yesterday morning
  • past states                                                    I knew her when we were at primary school

PAST CONTINUOUS

We use this tense to talk about:

  • actions in progress at a point in the past                      I was reading a book at 10 o´clock yesterday morning
  • temporary situations in the past                                   I was staying in a hotel until my flat was ready
  • changing situations in the past                                    At that time, unemployment was getting worse.
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Fecha: 17/4/2017 | Creado por: Gladys
Categoria: UNIT 1