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Verbs – using the past tense

past tense

By Mary Morel

Different aspects of the past tense are used to convey when and how an action occurred in the past.

In report writing, the simple past is often used to describe completed actions.

Simple past

The simple past is used for actions completed in the past.

The company researched its target market before it launched its advertising campaign.

Past progressive

The past progressive is used for past action took place over a period of time.

Company A was expanding its market share when Company B made a
takeover offer.

Past perfect

The past perfect is used for action completed in the past before another began.

When the company had researched its new products, it launched them in the marketplace.

Past perfect progressive

The past perfect progressive is used when action in the past began before another started or interrupted it.

The group had been discussing the issue before the manager arrived.

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Verbs – using the future tense

By Mary Morel Future tenses are often used for predictions or planning ahead. Simple future The simple future is an action/event in the future. I will meet you tomorrow. Future progressive The future progressive is used for continuing action that will occur in the future. This time next week I will be sitting on aContinue Reading

Verbs – using the present tense

By Mary Morel Within the present tense, we express greater subtlety of meaning by using simple, perfect or continuous tense forms. Simple present The simple present is used for: General truths — Broccoli is good for you. Recurring actions — I walk every day. Future events — The bus departs at 9pm. Events that areContinue Reading


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