ADVANCED VERB TENSES

IN ENGLISH

 

 

 

 

Future progressive tense:

Construction: formal future of ‘to be’ + the present participle

I will be visiting some friends when I go to London.

You will be hoping for good weather on your vacation.

I hope they will be selling more goods in the market tonight.

We will be thinking of you when you’ve gone home.

To form the negative: the word ‘not’ comes directly after ‘will’

To form a question: inverted words – for example, will we….

 

Present perfect progressive tense:

Construction: present perfect of ‘to be’ + the present participle

She has been thinking of going to University

We have been thinking of buying a new house.

You have been seeing that boy very often lately.

I don’t think you have been concentrating on your work.

To form the negative: the word ‘not’ comes directly after ‘has’ or ‘had’.

To form a question: inverted words – for example, have you….

 

Past perfect progressive tense:

Construction: past perfect of ‘to be’ + the present participle

I understood that you had been visiting our aunt.

They had been using that trick for years before they were caught.

The Minister had been campaigning for peace.

The abbey had been standing for 200 years before the war.

To form the negative: the word ‘not’ comes directly after ‘had’.

To form a question: inverted words – for example, had they ….

 

Future perfect progressive tense:

Construction: formal future of ‘to have’ + ‘been’ + the present participle of the verb you wish to use.

She will have been working here for 40 years next July.

We will have been waiting for 60 days by next Monday.

The younger soldiers will have been waiting for three months for their discharge.

You will have been waiting a year before they tell you anything.

To form the negative: the word ‘not’ comes directly after ‘will’.

To form a question: inverted words – for example, will we ….

 

Future perfect tense:

Construction: formal future of ‘to have’ + past participle of the verb you wish to use.

I will have watched ‘Star Trek’ a thousand times before I’m forty.

She will have seen six presidents in person when Mr. Obama visits.

If you have been a Real Madrid fan for years you will have enjoyed many great matches.

They will have shared sixty happy years on their next wedding anniversary.

To form the negative: the word ‘not’ comes directly after ‘will’.

To form a question: inverted words – for example, will they ….