Saturday, May 11, 2013

Types of Present Tense with Examples

In this post I am going to give you brief information about present Tense in English. Some people think that present tense is only use to talk about present times, wrong! It is also use to discuss about past and future. For example, in present perfect tense, we discussed about ended past actions and associated by some means connected to the present. Similarly in the present continuous tense can be used to speak about our future events.

Types of Present tense

The Simple Present Tense

The simple present tense is used to discuss about our behavior and common facts. It is constitute with the base form of the infinitive.

Form: Subject + first form of the verb + object

Julia writes tales.

Cows eat grass.

She works very hard.

Questions and negative sentences are made with do and does.
He does not work.

Where does he work?

 I don’t like horror movies.

 Do you Smoke?

 Does your sister have any children?

Present Continuous Tense

The present continuous tense is used to discuss about events that are occur at the moment of speaking.
Form: Subject + is / am / are + -ing form

I am learning.

The boys are playing.

The wind is blowing.

It is raining.

Questions are made by putting the auxiliary verb before the subject.

Are the boys playing?

Is she coming?
types of Present tense with examples

Present Perfect Tense

The present perfect tense is used to converse about precedent actions that have some reaction on the present.

Form: Subject + has / have + past participle form of the verb

I have visited Canada.

He has finished that work.

They have acknowledged the message.

Questions are made by putting the auxiliary verb before the subject.

Have you visited Canada?

Has he finished that work?

Have they acknowledged the message?

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

The present perfect continuous tense is used to discuss about actions and events that began in the past and have continued up to the present. It is usually used with the occasion expressions since and for.

I have been reading this book since evening.

It has been raining for two hours.

We have been living in this country for ten years.

Questions are prepared by putting has or have prior to the subject.

Have you been writing this book since evening?

Has it been raining for two hours?


  1. It is nice that you are able to discuss the matter very nicely and creatively. Visual presentation that you did also works well. When students are good enough at writing these stuff they don't have to buy an essay again. ;) Thanks for sharing.

    1. There are instances actually where we really need to buy essays no matter how good we are at writing especially when the topic at hand is not our forte.