Tips And Tricks And Shortcuts For Tenses And Articles

Tips and Tricks for Tenses and Articles

The Tips and Tricks for Tenses and Articles are quite simple if you have a clear view of their rules. Understanding the construction of the statement and identifying the verbs, adjective and time frames is the key here.

Tenses:

Tenses denote the time of action. They show when the work is done.

There are three types of tenses majorly as,

  • Past Tense
  • Present Tense
  • Future Tense

Articles:-

An article is a word that is used before a noun to show whether the noun refers to something specific or not. A, An, and The are articles which is divided into:

  • Indefinite Article
  • The Definite Article
tips and tricks for tenses and articles

Tips and Tricks for Tenses and Articles – Tenses Rules:

Present Tenses:

1.SIMPLE PRESENT TENSE: 
Here, the action is simply mentioned in general terms and the action that occurs frequently uses simple present tense.
Keywords: Always, usually,  sometimes,  rarely, never, every day, on Sundays, etc.
Example: I eat.
He studies grammar every day.

2.PRESENT CONTINUOUS TENSE: 
Here, the action is still going on and hence the action is continuous.
Keywords: Right now, this quarter, etc.
Example: Ankita is eating.
Anjali is sleeping.

3.PRESENT PERFECT TENSE: 
Here, the action is complete or has ended.
Keywords: Already, yet, just, never, since + a particular time, for +  duration of time
Example: I have eaten Indian food two times.

4.PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE: 
Here, the action has been taking place for some time and is still in continuity.
Keywords: for, since, lately
Example: I have been eating.
I have been eating a lot of vegetables lately.

Past Tenses:

1.SIMPLE PAST TENSE: 
Here, the action is simply referred and understood to have taken place in the past.
Keywords: Yesterday, last week, last month,  etc.
Example: Angela watched TV all night.

2.PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE: 
Here, the action was continued until a certain time in the past.
Keywords: while
Example: I was sleeping when you called.

3.PAST PERFECT TENSE:
Here, the action is explained that, happened before another action in the past.
Keywords: Already, before. by the time
Examples: I had eaten.
I had already eaten when they arrived.

4.PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE: 
Here, the action is explained which started in the past and continued until another time in the past.
Keywords: For, since
Example: I had been eating for two hours before my friend arrived.

Future Tenses:

 1. SIMPLE FUTURE TENSE– 
 It is used when we plan or make a decision to do something. No explanation is given about the time in the future.
Example: I will sing
I will sleep.

2. FUTURE CONTINUOUS TENSE: 
Denotes action at a particular moment in the future. However, the action will not have finished at the moment.
Keywords: for
Example: I will be eating at 9 a.m.
I’ll be staying with my friends for several weeks.

3. FUTURE PERFECT TENSE: 
Explain action that will occur in the future before another action in the future.
Keywords: When, by the time
Example: I will have finished cooking by the time you arrive.
I will have washed the clothes before you arrive.

4. FUTURE PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE:
It is used to talk about a continued action before some point in the future.
Keywords: For, by the time
Example: I will have been cooking for two hours when you arrive.
I will have been studying for two hours by the time my parents come.

Tips and Tricks for Tenses and Articles - Sample Question for Tenses

Question 1.

They have made a plan for starting a day care school.

A. simple past
B. simple present
C. present perfect
D. present perfect continuous

Answer: Option C
Explanation:

The present perfect tense shows that something occurred or completed at some point in the past. The formula which we used here is: subject+has/have+Verb 3rd form+ an object.

Question 2.

Kids will be swimming on Sunday after breakfast.

A. Simple future tense
B. Future continues tense
C. Future perfect tense
D. Future perfect continues tense

Answer: option B
Explanation:

we use future continues tense to show any activity at a particular time in the future. Hence option B is correct.

Tips and Tricks for Tenses and Articles - Article Rules

tips and tricks for tenses and articles
tips and tricks for tenses and articles

An article is a word that is used before a noun to show whether the noun refers to something specific or not.

A, an, and the are the three different types of articles used in grammar.

Indefinite Article

Use a before nouns (or adjectives) that start with a consonant sound.

Use an before nouns (or adjectives) that start with a vowel sound.

Definite Article

The is used in front of singular or plural nouns and adjectives to refer to something with which both the speaker/writer and listener/reader are familiar.

Tips and Tricks for Tenses and Articles - Articles Questions

Question 1

Are you shopping for ___ health club to join so you can get in shape?
A. a
B. an
C. the
D. no article is needed

Answer: A

Explanation: Here the person is talking about any unspecified / general health club, hence we use ‘A’.

Question 2

We have paid him ______ money.

A. a

B. the

C. an

D. No article

Answer: The

Explanation – here we see that he person is paying money. here, money is plural and with any plural noun we always use the definite article – the.

Question 3.

America will become —– super power shortly

A. a
B. an
C. the
D. some

Answer: A
Explanation: “A” is used before words starting in consonant sounds and any adjective that states a simple /positive degree, it uses ‘A’.

Question 4.

Who is _____ boy standing there?

A. The
B. A
C. That
D. This

Answer: The
Explanation: As per rules article “the” is used when the listener is aware about the thing we are referring. Here, ‘the’ boy was a particular boy who was being addressed in the sentence.

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