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Top QUICK TIP – Present Simple The Present Simple is used to express:
  • A fact – The earth is a planet.
  • A fact that has been true for a long time – The walls in my house are black, I painted them black 10 years ago.
  • An action that happens regularly – Every year I go to Mallorca for my holidays.
  • A habit – I drink 10 cups of coffee every day.
Click here for our full explanation of the present simple tense, including construction, pronunciation and a fun quiz to test your understanding. Click to go back to the English grammar menu. Top QUICK TIP – Present Continuous The Present Continuous is used to express:
  • Something in action now – You are reading this grammar text.
  • Something happening around now, but not now – I am reading a good book at the moment, I can’t wait to get home to open it again.
  • Something that normally does not happen but is happening for a short period of time – I am taking the bus to work (I normally ride my bike to work, but it is broken).
  • A future plan – I am meeting John tomorrow. This uses the construction of present continuous with a future time point.
  • A trend that is developing – More and more people are learning English online.
  • Anger at an ongoing issue – I am not happy, he is always racing his car on our road.
Click here for our full explanation of the present continuous, including construction, pronunciation and a fun quiz to test your understanding. Click to go back to the English grammar menu. Top QUICK TIP – Past Simple The Past Simple is used to express:
  • A finished past action – I woke up at 10am yesterday.
  • A list of finished past actions – I woke up at 10am yesterday, I had my breakfast at 11am and I went to work at 1pm.
  • Past habits – I smoked a lot when I was younger.
  • A duration that started and finished in the past – I lived in Moscow for 2 years in the 90’s.
All actions in the past simple are finished and happened at a specific time in the past. Click here for our full explanation of the past simple tense, including construction, pronunciation and a fun quiz to test your understanding. Click to go back to the English grammar menu. Top QUICK TIP – Past Continuous The Past Continuous is used to express:
  • An interrupted action in the past – I was watching Netflix when my mother phoned.
  • The past continuous is used to describe a past action in progress at a specific time – At 9 AM I was driving to work.
  • To show that two (or more) past actions happened at the same time – I was reading my book while my friend made dinner.
  • To create a word picture – When I woke up this morning, the sun was shining, the birds were singing, it was a beautiful morning.
  • To show a repeated past action (usually to express anger) – He was always coming to work late.
Click here for our full explanation of the past continuous, including construction, pronunciation and a fun quiz to test your understanding. Click to go back to the English grammar menu. Top QUICK TIP – Future Will Simple The Future Will Simple is used to express:
  • A spontaneous decision made at the moment of speaking – Wait, I will go to the cinema with you.
  • A promise – We will spend £350m a week on health services.
  • A future fact – The will rise at 6.50 tomorrow morning.
  • A future opinion – I think they will win the championship.
Click here for our full explanation of the future will simple tense, including construction, pronunciation and a fun quiz to test your understanding. Click to go back to the English grammar menu. Top QUICK TIP – Future Will Continuous The Future Will Continuous is used to express:
  • An interrupted future action – I will be having dinner when you come over.
  • A future action in progress at a specific time – At 9 PM tonight I will be watching Westworld.
  • To show that two (or more) future actions are happening at the same time – At the meeting we will be having lunch and discussing business.
  • To create a word picture – This time tomorrow I will be on holiday in the Caribbean, the sun will be shining, the waves will be washing over the shore, I will be drinking cocktails and you will be here in wet and cold London.
Click here for our full explanation of the future will continuous tense, including construction, pronunciation and a fun quiz to test your understanding. Click to go back to the English grammar menu. Top Learn English, Russian, & Spanish grammar for FREE

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