Subjunctive Patterns
  • Subjunctive Patterns

    March 26, 2015

    Tense Forms and Usages Subjunctive Patterns Except in some kinds of conditional sentences (see section on conditional patterns), and in a few patterns of which examples will be given below, subjunctive forms are seldom used in modern English except occasionally in poetry, oratory, and the kinds of solemn utterances that borrow their language from the […]

  • Conditional Patterns

    Tense Forms and Usages Conditional Patterns The use of conditional patterns in English is rather complicated. What follows by no means exhausts the subject, but is intended only to explain and give examples of some of the more common patterns. Certain words or phrases, like if, provided that, so long as, unless *, etc. introduce […]

  • Comparison of Past Tense and Present Perfect Tense

    Tense Forms and Usages Comparison of Past Tense and Present Perfect Tense Grammar Tip The distinction in usage between the past tense and the present perfect is extremely difficult for the foreign student.  The following test and illustrations should be studied very carefully. Ask yourself the questions: “Have I used a definite time word? Or […]

  • Progressive Verb Phrase

    Tense Forms and Usages Forms and usages of the Progressive Verb Phrase Present Progressive The present progressive is formed with the present tense forms of the auxiliary BE and the –ING form of a verb. Form of BE + ING form Form of BE + ING form  I am studying We are studying You are […]

  • Future Verb Phrase (Will and Shall)

    Tense Forms and Usages   Forms and Usages of the Future Verb Phrase. (Will and Shall) The future verb phrase is formed with will or shall plus the main verb. SINGULAR PLURAL Will or Shall + Main Verb Will or Shall + Main verb I shall (will) see We shall (will) see You will learn […]

  • Perfect Verb Phrase

    Tense Forms and Usages Forms and usages of the Perfect Verb Phrase  Present Perfect How we use the perfect verb phrase in the present perfect. The present perfect tense is formed with have or has plus the past participle of the main verb. SINGULAR  PLURAL  Have or Has +  Main verb  Have +  Main verb  […]

  • Simple Verb Phrase

    Tense Forms and Usages Forms and usages of the Simple Verb Phrase  Present Tense Grammar Tip – Simple verb phrase examples  All verbs (except BE) have one form for all persons except the third person singular.  The third person singular is usually formed by adding s to the root.  After ch, s, sh, x, and z […]

  • Tense Forms and Usages

    Types of Tenses and Uses We’ll discuss in the following links tense forms and usages: Forms and Usages of the Simple Verb Phrase Present Tense Past Tense Forms and Usages of the Perfect Verb Phrase Present Perfect Past Perfect Forms and Usages of the Future Verb Phrase. (Will and Shall) Forms and Usages of the […]