And yet they see this as an art form ..
If you Google, english/tenses/list, you'll get thousands of hits. They look like this:
So try it. If you come upon a page that says: There are two tenses in English: past and present. Please let us know.
the English tense, present perfect
the English tense, present continuous
present and future tense
present and future tense (the tense for referring to events that both are and will happen)
present perfect continuous
the english tense, present perfect continuous
the English tense Simple Future
the simple present English tense
the English tense, simple past
past perfect continuous
the English tense, Past Perfect Continuous
the English tense Past Perfect
the English tense Future Perfect
the English tense Future Continuous
future perfect continuous
the English tense Future Perfect Continuous
past and future not present
past and future not present (the tense for referring to events which are not happening but have happened and will happen again)
the English tense, Past Continuous
past and present tense
past and present tense (a mixture of past and present tense events)
all tenses (the tense for referring to events that have happened, are happening and will happen again)
Grammatical tense - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"For example, two-tense languages such as English and Japanese express past and non-past,"
and they have citations...
understood to have the three delimitations of "before now", i.e. the past; "now", i.e. the present; and "after now", i.e. the future. The "unmarked" reference for tense is the temporal distance from the time of utterance, the "here-and-now", this being absolute-tense.
So there are three absolute tenses. Has anyone here asked, how many absolute tenses are there?
The past, present and future walk into a bar. It was tense.
All of this is irrelevant.
Thai language has the answer to an age-old mystery which the rest of the world has been struggling with for centuries.
The chicken comes before the egg.
It's there, in the first two letters of their alphabet.
Chaos, my rump. In the beginning there was chicken. The Bible is absolute twaddle.
As for the OP: define "tense".
"...and on the fifth day, God created the egg. Then he rested."
There are thirteen, 4 x present 4 x past 5 x future, I could list the different simple, continuous , perfect and "Going to " or Will" with future ,but I can t be bothered to write them out. The best teaching book is "Teaching tenses" by Rosemary Aitken
Last edited by sunasiafash; 25th August 2012 at 07:03.
"Most linguists tell you there are 2" ? and what are they "now and then"? and only 13 in the "Commercial ESL world" hahahaha how funny
^Read the thread, dumbass.
^^ exactly. Past and present.
^he may not be entirely dumb