Present Tenses Overview

In English, there are tenses to talk about the present, the past and the future. When you are dealing with multiple tenses all at once, it can be quite difficult to know when to use a particular tense. That’s why you have a clear overview of the present tenses below.

When one talks about the present tenses, he is talking about one of the following:

Present tenses overview

Present Tenses Overzicht Taalhulp Engels

On the overview above, you can see a visual representation of the different present tenses. De present simple is used for short, simple actions and habits in the present. The present continuous for longer actions in the present and the present perfect (continuous) for actions when there is a clear link between the past and the present.

Below you have a schematic overview of the different present tenses.

Present simplePresent continuousPresent perfectPresent perfect continuous
UseShort actions, hobbies, habitsActions that are going on or when the focus is on the durationActions when there is a link between the past and the present or actions that happened in a recent pastActions when there is a clear link between the past and the present when the focus is on the duration
FormInfinitive, Infinitive + <s> for 3rd person singular,

To be + ing-form of the main verbTo have + past participleTo have + been + ing-form of the main verb
ExampleI walk
He walks
I am walking
He is walking
I have walked
He has walked
I have been walking
He has been walking

Exercises about the present tenses

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