What is the difference between simple, perfect, continuous, and perfect continuous of the past, present, and future? Please give examples or sites if you can.

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Nov 23, 2016

Answer:

The difference is in describing an action as being done, completed, in the process of being done, or in the process of being done but not as of now.

Explanation:

The various tenses described are best illustrated with examples using the same verb and sentence for clarity. The sentences below will all deal with the same subject and predicate: Rupert is the subject , write is the verb, and a long essay is the object.

Past:
Simple: Rupert wrote a long essay.
Perfect: Rupert had written a long essay.
Continuous: Rupert was writing a long essay.
Perfect Continuous: Rupert had been writing a long essay.

Present:
Simple: Rupert writes a long essay.
Perfect: Rupert has written a long essay.
Continuous: Rupert is writing a long essay.
Perfect Continuous: Rupert has been writing a long essay.

Future:
Simple: Rupert will write a long essay.
Perfect: Rupert will have written a long essay.
Continuous: Rupert will be writing a long essay.
Perfect Continuous: Rupert will have been writing a long essay.