English Grammar: Past Perfect Continuous Tense

During our Business English: speaking courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at past perfect continuous tense and its applications in spoken English.

Past perfect continuous is used to show the continuity of the activity in past, to talk about the things that had happened in the past over a period of time.

Verb

Here main verb is in –ing form and auxiliary verb is “had been”.

Make a statement

A statement in past perfect continuous tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

I, You, We, They

had

been

drinking

coffee

He, She, It

had

been

drinking

coffee

I, You , We, They

had

not been

drinking

coffee

He, She, It

had

not been

drinking

coffee

Structure for constructing a statement in general can be:

Subject + had + been + Main Verb -ing + Object (positive statement)

Subject + had+ no, not, never + been + Main Verb -ing + Object (negative statement)

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While forming interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. Following can be use of past perfect continuous tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main VerbObject

Had

I, You, We, They

beendrinkingcoffee?

Had

He, She, It

beendrinkingcoffee?

Had

I, You, We, They

not beendrinkingcoffee?

Had

He, She, It

not beendrinkingcoffee?

Now there are few situations where the past perfect continuous tense is used.

Duration in the past

The main use of the Past Perfect Continuous is to express actions or situations that were in progress before some other actions or situations.

  • The workers had been working the whole day in double shifts.
  • The children had been playing in the garden when the snake was found.
  • The people of the United States had been revolting before independence.
  • Rupa had been baking the cake, before two days.

Showing Cause

This tense is used to show cause of an action or situation in the past.

He had been successful in his life because of his hard work and dedication.

  • They had been motivated for the work by the lectures.
  • She had been doing the work for running the family.
  • It had been digging the soil for hiding the bone.

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English Grammar: Present Perfect Continuous Tense

During our English speaking courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at Present perfect continuous tense and its applications in spoken English.

Present Perfect Continuous Tense is mainly used to express as the activity that started in the past and is still continuing in the present and you can express the time from when the activity started.

Verb

In present perfect continuous tense the verb is expressed by adding -ing at the end and by using an auxiliary verb before the actual verb in the sentence.

Make a statement

A statement in Present perfect continuous tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

I, you, we, they

have been

drinking

coffee

He, she, it

has been

drinking

coffee

I, you , we, they

have

not been

drinking

coffee

He, she, it

has

not been

drinking

coffee

Structure for statement in general can be:

Subject + has/have + been + Verb –ing form + Object (positive statement)

Subject + has/have + no, not, never + been + Verb-ing form + Object (negative statement)

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While forming interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. Following can be use of present perfect continuous tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main Verb

Object

Have

you, we, they

been

drinking

coffee?

Has

He, she, it

been

drinking

coffee?

Have

you, we, they

not been

drinking

coffee?

Have

He, she, it

not been

drinking

coffee ?

Has/have + been + Subject + Verb -ing form + Object (positive question)

Has/have + Subject + no, not, never + been + Verb -ing form + Object (negative question)

Now there are few situations where the present perfect continuous tense is used.

Time Duration

This tense is used to express the time duration of the activity.

  • He has been watching TV for 2 hours.
  • They have been working hard for the last month.
  • I have been jogging for past 1 hour.

Temporary Activity

Temporary activity going on and is tend to get over in a fixed period of time.

  • They have been living here for two days.
  • He has been going to classes daily.
  • I have been doing what I am told to do.

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English Grammar: Future Perfect Tense

During our English speaking courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at Future perfect tense and its applications in spoken English.

The Future perfect tense indicates that an action will be completed (finished or perfected) at some point of time in the future.

Verb

In future perfect tense the verb is generally used in its past participle form and it is supported by the auxiliary verb, “will have”

Make a statement

A statement in Future perfect tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

I, you, we, they

will

have

worked

on project

He, she, it

will

have

worked

on project

I, you , we, they

will

not have

worked

on project

He, she, it

will

not have

worked

on project

Structure for statement in general can be:

Subject + will + have + Verb (past participle) + Object (positive statement)

Subject + will + no, not, never + have + Verb (past participle) + Object (negative statement)

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While forming interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. Following can be use of Future perfect tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main Verb

Object

Will

you, we, they

have

roasted

chicken?

Will

He, she, it

have

roasted

chicken?

Will

you, we, they

not have

roasted

chicken?

Will

He, she, it

not have

roasted

chicken?

Now there are few situations where the Future perfect tense is used.

Completed in future before something new in future

It expresses the idea of something occurring before something that is yet to occur in future

  • By next month, I will have enjoyed my vacation.
  • I will have worked it out before the results.
  • She will have the clothes washed before leaving.
  • She will have the food cooked for her family.

Duration of action

It is used to express the time limit for the action to be performed.

  • They will have to be grounded in 10 days.
  • He will have drilled the wall within two hours.
  • They will have escaped the trap by tomorrow.
  • They will have the glass broken in 2 minutes.

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English Grammar: Past Perfect Tense

During our English speaking courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at past perfect tense and its applications in spoken English.

Past perfect tense refers to a non-continuous action that was completed in the past. Such sentences are formed by using the past perfect form of the auxiliary verb ‘to had ‘, followed by the past participle form of the verb.

Verb

In past perfect tense, the main verb is in its past participle form while auxiliary verb ‘had’ is used.

Make a statement

A statement in past perfect tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

I, you, we, they

had

cooked

food

He, she, it

had

cooked

food

I, you , we, they

had

not

cooked

food

He, she, it

had

not

cooked

food

Structure for a statement, in general, can be:

Subject + had + past participle of main verb + Object (positive statement)

Subject + had + no, not, never + past participle of main verb + Object (negative statement)

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While forming an interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. The following can be used of past perfect tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main Verb

Object

Had

you, we, they

cooked

food?

Had

He, she, it

cooked

food?

Had

you, we, they

not

cooked

food?

Had

He, she, it

not

cooked

food?

Had + Subject + past participle of main verb + Object (Positive statement)

Had + Subject + no, not, never + past participle of main verb + Object (Negative statement)

Following are few situations where the past perfect tense is used.

Completion of task

Past perfect describes the completion of the task in the past.

  • I had never had such delicious sweets.
  • I had completed my graduation way before you did.
  • I had completed the task and then only I was allowed to leave.
  • He had done his masters before getting into a job.

Happening in distant past

It shows the activity of past before another activity in the past itself.

  • We had stuck to Satyagraha, until the British rule was over.
  • We had experienced the fight till it got over.
  • We had gone to the parlor before we went for the party.
  • I had cleaned the mess before I left my room.

English Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

During our Business English: speaking courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at Present Perfect Tense and its applications in spoken English.

Present perfect tense is the tense that is used the most in the English language, in general, used to talk about now.

Verb

In present perfect tense, past participle form of the main verb is used. It is framed by adding “has/have” as an auxiliary verb before the actual verb.

Make a statement

A statement in present perfect tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

I, you, we, they

have

played

football

He, she, it

has

played

football

I, you , we, they

have

Not

played

football

He, she, it

has

Not

played

football

Structure for constructing a statement, in general, can be:

Subject + has/have + Main Verb (past participle) + Object (positive statement)

Subject + has/have + no, not, never +Main Verb (past participle) + Object (negative statement)

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While forming an interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. The following can be used of present perfect tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main Verb

Object

Have

you, we, they

played

football?

Has

He, she, it

played

football?

Have

you, we, they

Not

played

football?

Has

he, she, it

Not

played

football?

Has/Have + Subject + Verb (participle) + Object (positive statement)

Has/Have + Subject + no, not, never + Verb (participle) + Object (negative statement)

Generally, past perfect tense is used to describe activities that started in past and just finished. Following are few situations where the present perfect tense is used.

Description of the situation

Present Perfect Tense is used to describe any sort of experience.

  • They have realized that it was their mistake.
  • They have done a wonderful job.
  • He has scored excellently in his boards.
  • I have not done my homework.

Changes occurred

If you are using the present perfect tense, it may sometimes denote to the changes that have happened over the time with the object or with the subject.

  • The view of the city has developed over time.
  • His behavior has changed over these years.
  • She has motivated herself a lot.
  • They have guided the outlook of people.

Expressing Achievements

Any type of success or achievements can be expressed with the help of the present perfect tense.

  • I have passed the boards with flying colors.
  • They have won the match with no difficulty.
  • He has outspoken his brother.
  • She has achieved a great success in her life.

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English Grammar: Future Continuous Tense

During our Business English: speaking courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at Future continuous tense and its applications in spoken English.

Future continuous tense signifies that the action shall start at some unspecified time in future and shall continue in distant future or up till a given point of time.

Verb

In Future continuous tense the sentence is formed by adding -ing at the end of the verb and using an auxiliary verb (will be) before the actual verb in the sentence.

Make a statement

A statement in Future continuous tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

I, you, we, they

Will

be

cooking

Food

He, she, it

Will

be

cooking

Food

I, you , we, they

Will

not be

cooking

Food

He, she, it

Will

not be

cooking

Food

Structure for statement in general can be:

Subject +Auxiliary Verb + be + Verb-ing + Object (positive statement)

Subject + Auxiliary Verb + not + be + Verb-ing + Object (negative statement)

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While forming interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. Following can be use of Future continuous tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main Verb

Object

Will

you, we, they

be

cooking

food?

Will

he, she, it

be

cooking

food?

Will

you, we, they

be not

cooking

food?

Will

he, she, it

be not

cooking

food?

Auxiliary Verb + Subject + be + Main Verb –ing + Object (positive question)

Auxiliary Verb + Subject + be + not + Main Verb –ing + Object (negative question)

Now there are few situations where the Future continuous tense is used.

Occurrence in future and shall continue

Future Continuous Tense is to describe an activity that will occur in the future and continue for a certain period of time.

  • Jack will be staying in Paris next week.
  • She will be going to Dubai for a meeting.
  • She will be traveling for promotion after a year.
  • He will be starting the job after the holiday.

Activities that started now and will end in future

It is used to express an activity that will continue over a period of time from now (present) and shall end in the future.

  • They will be playing till the evening.
  • She will be studying till the dawn breaks.
  • He will be training him till he is excellent.
  • They will be revolting until the government changes

Parallel actions in future

When you use the Future Continuous with two actions in the same sentence, it expresses the idea that both actions will be happening at the same point of time. The actions are parallel.

  • I will be cooking and he is going to serve dinner.
  • Tonight, they will be celebrating Christmas, and will have a good time.
  • While I will be reading out the lesson, ever body shall be looking at the book.
  • While he will be playing outside, I will be completing the household chores.

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English Grammar: Past Continuous Tense

During our Business English courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at past continuous tense and its applications in spoken English.

Past Continuous Tense expresses the activities which were going on in past but have ended now, that are in present. These sentences are formed with the help of an auxiliary verb and giving the main verb an ‘ing’ ending.

Verb

In Past Continuous Tense, -ing form of the verb is used. Past form is transferred to auxiliary verb.

Make a statement

A statement in past continuous tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

You, we, they

were

cooking

food

I, He, she, it

was

cooking

food

You , we, they

were

not

cooking

food

I, He, she, it

was

not

cooking

food

Structure for a statement, in general, can be:

Subject + past form of “to be” + Verb-ing + Object (positive statement)

Subject + past form of “to be” + not + Verb-ing + Object (negative statement)

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While forming an interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. The following can be used of past continuous tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main Verb

Object

Were

you, we, they

cooking

food?

Was

I, he, she, it

cooking

food?

Were

you, we, they

not

cooking

food?

Was

I, he, she, it

not

cooking

food?

Now there are few situations where the past continuous tense is used.

Continuous actions in past

It states a continuous action which is either supported or is interrupted by any other activity of the past

  • I was bathing when you called.
  • I was doing household chores before I came in hostel.
  • I was reading when you dropped the ball.
  • He was completing his masters before getting into a job.

Simultaneous Occurrences

It describes any two activities that have occurred in the past simultaneously.

  • They were traveling in the bus when the flood broke.
  • It started raining when I planned to go cycling.
  • It was beaming with light when I opened it.
  • He was bleeding when I took him to the hospital.

Re-occurrences

It describes the occurring and re-occurring event of past.

  • He was doing the same mistake every time.
  • He was practicing the sum repeatedly.
  • The principal was taking frequent rounds.
  • The lever was going up and down repeatedly.

 

 

 

 

English Grammar: Present Continuous Tense

During our English speaking courses, many people question the importance of grammar in spoken English, while some fervently support it. I guess this question can be reserved for other times. Today we are going to take a look at Present Continuous Tense and its applications in spoken English.

Present Continuous Tense is basic tense with shows the continuity of the activity in past, in general, used to talk about now.

Verb

In Present Continuous Tense, -ing is added at the end of the base form of a verb.

Make a statement

A statement in Present Continuous Tense is constructed in following ways.

Subject

Auxiliary Verb

Main Verb

Object

 you, we, they

are

drinking

coffee

He, she, it

is

drinking

coffee

you , we, they

are

not

drinking

coffee

He, she, it

is

not

drinking

coffee

Structure for a statement, in general, can be:

Subject + Auxiliary Verb + Main Verb -ing + Object (positive statement)

Subject + Auxiliary Verb + no, not, never + Main Verb-ing + Object (negative statement)

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While forming an interrogative sentence, auxiliary verb precedes subject in general. The following can be used of present continuous tense in interrogative sentences.

Auxiliary Verb

Subject

Main Verb

Object

Are

you, we, they

drinking

coffee?

Is

he, she, it

drinking

coffee?

Are

you, we, they

not

drinking

coffee?

Is

he, she, it

not

drinking

coffee?

 

Now there are few situations where the present continuous tense is used.

Current Occurrence:

We use this tense for expressing the activities that are happening now, that is current occurrence of the activity. I am watching Big Bang theory on the television. This is the application of the present continuous tense that the action of watching the television is going on NOW.

He is fixing the car.

They are going to a party.

I am going for a walk.

Is he reaching in time?

Activity that is going on and may finish in fixed period

We use this tense when there is a temporary activity going on and is tend to get over in a fixed period of time.

Rena is visiting her aunt’s place for a week.

They are going to a camp for a day.

He is coming back after 2 hours

I am starting a foreign tour for a week

Planning and deciding future activities.

It also helps in planning and deciding the future activities.

We are planning to go swimming tomorrow.

He is planning to switch career.

I am planning a vacation next week.

They are deciding to go rafting.

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Vocabulary: Discrete VS Discreet

Discreet implies the showing of reserve and prudence in one’s behavior or speech.

Discrete means something quite different: “distinct, separate and unrelated.”

DISCRETE

It originates from Latin word – Discretus (Separated)

Discrete mainly means the expression of something being very Different/Unique and separated.

Used as Verb

To express the meaning of difference

“For making the lesson more easy, they discrete them into various segments”

Used as Adjective

To express the uniqueness of the object

“His ideas were always discrete, regardless of any situation”

DISCREET

It originates from Middle English Discret

Discreet is the word used to express the extreme inclination or support of anything or anybody towards anyone or anything.

Used as Adjective

It is used to indicate if judicious in one’s conduct or speech

“The French language was to be enriched by a development of its internal resources and by discreet borrowing from the Latin and Greek.”

Conclusion

When you differentiate between two things then you use discrete to state the differentiation of both the things

But, when you are reserved or judicious for some person or something, you shall be using discreet to express your reserved attitude towards the person or the things.

RETROSPECT your past, INTROSPECT yourself & SPECULATE a better future

Our state of mind reflects our moods or attitude in life. Sometimes we feel happy and sometimes sad; recalling what we did and what could have happened? In order to annotate these situations, knowing appropriate words is very important. This post shall help you to materialize these words in the following paragraphs.

RETROSPECT—

While looking back and contemplating the past — we sometimes find ourselves wishing that we had done some things differently. Though this word most commonly appears as a noun in the phrase “in retrospect,” it can also be used as a verb.

It’s Origin

The prefix retro- means “back,” and spec is a component of the words inspect, spectator, spectacles, and perspective, among others, all of which have to do with looking or seeing. So it makes sense that retrospect means to look back in time, or to remember

For Example: “To meditate is to retrospect ones deeds”

INTROSPECT –

“to look inside,” and describes the act of thinking about your own actions or inner thoughts. When you examine what you do, say, think or feel and how it affects your life and the lives of others, that’s introspection.

It’s Origin

Intro means “within,” while spec is from the Latin for “look.” So you can tell that the word means the act of “looking within.”

It’s like searching inside in order to understand yourself — what some people mock as “navel gazing.”

For example: Nineteenth-century philosopher William Godwin once said, “The philosophy of the wisest man that ever existed is mainly derived from the act of introspection.”

SPECULATE –

When you speculate, you use what you know to make a prediction about an outcome,

It’s Origin

It is having a Latin origin, speculatus, meaning “to spy out, examine

For Example: After completing his graduation from a foreign university, Mohit Speculated a high paid and prestigious job.

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