Perfect

From Teflpedia
Revision as of 06:44, 5 April 2011 by Bob M (talk | contribs) (improvements)

Perfect is the name given to those forms of the verb constructed with HAVE and the Past participle (Third form) of the verb. These forms are often known as tenses, though many modern writers prefer to consider them as aspects; The four perfect aspect forms, with examples, are:

1. The Present Perfect: I have worked, you have gone

2. The Present Perfect Progressive (or: Present Perfect Continuous): he has been working, they have been living

3. The Past Perfect: we had worked, I had spoken

4. The Past Perfect Progressive (or: Past Perfect Continuous): I had been working , He had been living.

Some writers call #1 the Present Perfect Simple and #3 the Past Perfect Simple, but most prefer to use 'Simple' only for tenses that are both non-progressive and non-perfect, i.e the Present Simple and Past Simple.

References


See also

External links

This article is a stub and may need expanding. If you feel you can help improve it please click the "Edit" link at top to edit it. If you need help editing, simple guidance can be found here.


This message should only be placed on talk pages, not main namespace.