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If we follow simple rules of English we should be able to see light at the end of the tunnel in this unit, English has three different times.
The above then must be divided into four sub sections but as it is with most languages there are some irregular rules like in most languages which will only come into play with practical use of the English language. These are listed below.
a): Simple Tense
b): Continuous Tense
c): Prefect Tense
d) Prefect Continuous Tense.
Further to this Foam & Usages come into play with the tense system.
Form basically covers the positive, negative & question, actions of the tense plus the grammar and construction this also has fundamental rules which should be applied. Usage has many variations; here we must consider grammar & circumstances. This is normally OK if you are native speaker of English but still mistakes will be made, these will be corrected with more fluency of the language.
Simple Tense: covers positive, negative & question actions with emphasis grammar rules and usages e.g.
direction information, news information, facts, etc. Plus common mistakes which are made
by students and activations methods to the subject. Here the letters s and es in verbs
are common and should be explained to the students in depth.
Continuous Tense: basically deals with actions which are in progress at the time of speaking. There is
the usual positive negative and question form plus the regular and contracted form
ending with ING, and using the verb to be plus the present participle. Pronunciation
is very important here and students will have to be drilled to make the correct
speech. Non-progressive verbs are also covered here e.g. sense, expressing feelings
and emotions, mental activity, possession examples like owe, own. This tense is also
specific with time, no’s, frequency, & place. Here there will be a need for a lot of
talk time by the teacher and practice by the students on usage, different techniques
will also be brought into play.
Present Perfect: Here we deal with the form I/you/we/they have or he/she/it has, plus the past
participle, with words which end with ed or en worked or written. There is the usual
positive negative & question forms. Usage of these covers finished actions/states that
happened at an indefinite time, completed past actions, actions which began in the past
and are still true, and describes past actions with present results. We should also
cover the long form and the contracted form. Irregular past participles will be a
complicated affair for the students e.g. gone & been. Mistakes by the students will
take patience from the teacher and practice will eventually make it perfect. Techniques
e.g. moving objects in the class while some students are out, and then asking them what
Present Perfect & Continuous: With the present perfect continuous, the emphasis is on the
action/activity, NOT the result/completed action. When we teach the
students this tense we should tell them that is an approximate e.g.
I have written six letters today (Prefect Tense)
I have written letters today (Present Perfect & Continuous)
This cover’s activities from past to the present and maybe the future. And activities for a period of time or in progress. There is the usual positive negative & question forms.e.g. subject + aux. verb 'have' + been + verb+ ing I have been swimming
a) To communicate an incomplete and ongoing activity, when we want to say how long it has continued.
b) To describe a recently finished, uninterrupted activity which has a present result?
Here words like since & for should be considered.