LinguaTrek - tenses en The key to understanding English tenses! <div class="diag align-right" style="float: right; width: 107px; margin: 10px 0 10px 10px"><a href="" rel="lightbox"><img src="" alt="Alarm clock" title="Photo by Alan Cleaver" /></a><div class="caption"><a href="">Photo</a> by <a href="">Alan Cleaver</a></div></div> <p>Every language has <em>some</em> difficult bit.</p> <p>It's that one aspect of the language that you'll be working on over and over again the whole time that you're learning it.</p> <p>For English, it's <em>verb tenses.</em></p> <p>Counting the way the teachers usually do, <strong>English has 14-16 tenses.</strong> <em>(There's many ways to count them!)</em></p> <p>No matter what the exact number - the point is that English has a very complex verb system. I get TONS of questions from English learners about which tense is correct in a particular sentence.</p> <p>A couple weeks ago, during one of our <a href="">English lessons over voice chat</a>, a learner (<em>Hi Marcin!</em>) asked me:</p> <blockquote> <p>Why did you say: "I was using it as an example?" Why not: "I used it as an example?" You weren't talking about it very long - shouldn't it be <em>past simple</em> instead of <em>past continuous</em>?</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>The answer is actually quite simple. And it ISN'T a grammar explanation. ;-) Really! I won't need to draw a picture or show you a chart.</strong></p> <p>In fact, all this confusion comes from a <em>fundamental misunderstanding</em> about English tenses, which itself stems from years and years of teachers explaining the tenses in a particular way.</p> <p>Today, I'm <em>finally</em> going to clear up this misunderstanding!</p> <p><strong>Read more to learn the key to understanding English tenses!</strong></p> <p><a href="" target="_blank">read more</a></p> grammar learn English tenses Tue, 29 Jan 2013 14:00:00 +0000 David Snopek 237 at