English Tenses Timeline

Introduction

In the image below, we have visualised the correlation of the English tenses. The timeline displays the similarities that exist between certain tenses in the past, present and future.

English Tenses

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Moment in time

  • actions that take place once, never or repeatedly
  • actions that happen one after another
  • actions that suddenly take place during a different action

Period of time

  • actions of a longer duration that conclude at a certain moment in time
  • actions of a longer duration taking place at the same time

Result

  • action taking place before or up to a certain moment in time
  • puts emphasis on the result of the action

Course/Duration

  • action taking place before or up to a certain moment in time
  • puts emphasis on the course or duration of the action