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How to Write English Sentences using Verb Tenses

When writing English sentences the writer may have a simple subject or a combination of subject and an object. To describe any actions or states of being the writer must use a verb or verbs to show who or what initiated, experienced or received the action or state of being.

The selection of verb and verb tense provides the writer with a wide variety of choices when expressing the relationships between the subjects, objects and external factors such as time.

The following is a simple set of examples of verb tenses and sentences.

SIMPLE PRESENT
1. [verb]
I study English everyday.

SIMPLE PAST
1. [verb + ed]
Two years ago, I studied English in Canada.

SIMPLE FUTURE
1. [am/is/are] + [going to] + [verb]
I am going to study English next year in Canada.
2. [will] + [verb]
I will study English tomorrow.

PRESENT CONTINUOUS
1. [am / is / are] + [verb + ing]
I am studying English now.

PAST CONTINUOUS
1. [was /were] + [verb + ing]
I was studying English when you called this morning.

FUTURE CONTINUOUS
1. [will be] + [verb + ing] 2. [am /is /are] + [going to be] + [verb + ing]
I will be studying English when you arrive today.
We are going to be studying English next year in Canada.

PRESENT PERFECT
1. [has /have] + [past participle]
I have studied English in several Canadian cities.

PAST PERFECT
1. [had] + [past participle]
I had studied English before I moved to Canada.

FUTURE PERFECT
1. [will have] + [past participle]
I will have studied all the verb tenses by the end of today.
2. [am/is/are] + [going to have] + [past participle]
We are going to have studied all the chapters by five o'clock.

PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS
1. [has/have] + [been] + [verb + ing]
I have been studying English for two years.

PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS
1. [had been] + [verb + ing]
I had been studying English for two years before I moved to Canada.

FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS
1. [will have been] + [verb + ing]
I will have been studying English for one hour by the time you arrive.
2. [am/is/are] + [going to have been] + [verb + ing]
We are going to have been studying for three hours.

The process of writing an English sentence is much easier when the writer starts with a basic thought and systematically experiments with all of the sentence types and English parts of speech, phrases, clauses and verb tenses to see how to accurately express the complete thought.

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For additional English writing tips and examples go to the following links

How to write English Sentences - Introduction

How to write English Sentences 1 - start with a basic thought

How to write English Sentences 2 - choose one of the six basic sentence constructions

How to write English Sentences 3 - choose one of the four sentence types

How to write English Sentences 4 - choose the correct English verb tenses

How to write English Sentences 4a- choose the active or passive voice

How to write English Sentences 5 using Nouns

How to write English Sentences 6 using Noun Phrases

How to write English Sentences 7 using Articles

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