English Tenses Timeline Chart
This timeline tenses chart provides a handy reference sheet to English tenses and their relationship to one another and the past, present and future. Conjugated verbs are highlighted in bold. Tenses which are rarely used in everyday conversation are marked by an asterik (*). | | |TIMELINE | | | |SIMPLE ACTIVE |SIMPLE PASSIVE | |PROGRESSIVE / CONTINUOUS |PROGRESSIVE / CONTINUOUS PASSIVE | | | | |ACTIVE | | | | |PAST TIME | | | | | |^ | | | | | || | | | | | || | | | | | || | | | | | || | | | |She had already eaten|The painting had been | |I had been waiting for four |The house had been being painted | |when I arrived. |sold twice before it |^ |hours when he finally arrived.|for over a month before they began | | |was destroyed. || | |to decorate the interior. * | | | |PAST PERFECT | | | | | || | | | | | || | | | |I bought a new car |The book was written in| |I was watching TV when she |The problem was being solved when I| |last week. |1876 by Frank Smith. |^ |arrived. |arrived late for class. | | | || | | | | | |PAST | | | | | || | | | | | || | | | |She has lived in |The company has been | |She has been working at |The students have been being taught| |California for many |managed by Fred Jones |^ |Johnson's for six months. |for the last four hours. * | |years. |for the last two years.|| | | | | | |PRESENT PERFECT | | | | | || | | | | | || | | | |He works five days a |Those shoes are made in| |I am working at the moment. |The work is being done by Jim....
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