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In English, there are 6 past tenses, 6 non-past tenses, and 4 conditional tenses.
 
Past tenses.
1. Simple past: I ate.
2. Past continuous: I was eating.
3. Simple present perfect: I have eaten.
4. Perfect continuous: I have been eating.
5. Simple past perfect: I had eaten.
6. Past perfect continuous: I had been eating.
 
Non-past tenses.
1. Simple present: I eat.
2. Present continuous: I am eating.
3. Simple future present (future I): I will eat.
4. Future present continuous: I will be eating.
5. Simple future perfect (future II): I will have eaten.
6. Future perfect continuous: I will have been eating.
 
Conditional tenses.
1. Simple conditional present (conditional I): I would eat.
2. Conditional present continuous: I would be eating.
3. Simple conditional past (conditional II): I would have eaten.
4. Conditional past continuous: I would have been eating.

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Hi Ganga;
I will do what I can...
 
I HAD to take a test today.
I HAVE to take a test now.
I WILL HAVE to take a test later.
 
I took a test today.
I AM taking a test now.
I will take a test later.
 
I DID homework today.
I AM DOING homework now.
I WILL DO homework later.
 
I WOULD HAVE BEEN taking a test today, but school was canceled.
I AM taking a test now.
I SHOULD BE taking a test in one hour.
 
 
All of the above CAPITALIZED words are helping verbs which can assist in establishing tense.
These are....
 
be am are is was were been
seem shall should could would
has have had
do did does
 
It may seem difficult to memorize, just sing it as Old McDonald had a farm...
 
 
 

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On a basic level, there are three major tenses of English: Present, Past, and Future. The best way to think about each tense is to consider whether the action you want to describe is happening/or continues to happen in the present, whether it already happened, or whether it has not yet occurred. 
 
Remember that we talk about grammar and tenses because words do a job - they give us information so that we can communicate with each other. That's why it's important to pick the right tense when you speak or write.
 
Within each tense there are modifications you can make to give more specific information about the action you are describing.
Each tense can also be given in the form of: simple
                                                               continuous 
                                                               perfect
                                                               perfect continuous 
You use these forms to precisely give information about the time of an action.
 

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