Time & Tense
Time & Tense
Time is a continuous flow measured in seconds, minutes, hours, days or years. On the hand Tense is a grammatical concept specific to a particular language. The tense system in English is not similar to that of any other language such as Odia or Sanskrit.
English language has only two defined tenses of Verb: Present and Past.
With the help of these two tenses we express three phrases of time: past, present and future.
What is Tense?
Tense is a form of verb that shows Time.
It is of two types.
(a) Present (b) Past
Why is Future called Time?
Future is called Time because a verb doesn’t have future Tense form.
Way of Expressing the Present Time
- Present Simple for Habitual action, laws of Nature, general or scientific truths, present state or present fact and permanent state or permanent face.
I go to school everyday. Tigers live in forests.
The sun rises in the east. Water boils at 1000c.
I feel hungry. Bhubaneswar is the capital of Odisha.
- Present Progressive for Something happening now, for something happening over a period of time or for a temporary action.
It is raining (now). My brother is searching for a job.
He usually goes to school on his bicycle, but today he is going there on foot.