Verb Tenses, Moods and Phrases

Verb Tenses, Moods and Phrases

Verb tenses moods and verb phrases
Verb tenses moods and verb phrases


This comprehensive course offers students a holistic understanding of verb usage by integrating the twelve verb tenses, time expressions, and the subtleties of subjunctive and imperative moods. Through an immersive learning experience, students will gain a thorough command of verb structures and their nuanced applications.

Example sentences for each verb tense:

Simple Present Tense

  • She reads books every day.

Present Continuous Tense

  • I am currently studying for my exams.

Present Perfect Tense

  • They have already finished their homework.

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

  • He has been working on the project for two weeks.

Simple Past Tense

  • She walked to school yesterday.

Past Continuous Tense

  • They were playing soccer when it started raining.

Past Perfect Tense

  • By the time I arrived, they had already left.

Past Perfect Continuous Tense 

  • She had been studying all night before the exam.

Simple Future Tense

  • I will meet you at the airport tomorrow.

Future Continuous Tense

  • They will be celebrating their anniversary this weekend.

Future Perfect Tense

  • By next year, she will have completed her degree.

Future Perfect Continuous Tense

  • He will have been working at the company for ten years in May.

Furthermore, we will delve into the intricacies of areas related to verb tenses, such as time expressions, state verbs, "have got," and "there be." You will develop a solid understanding of their usage to accurately express yourself in different time frames and contexts.

Here are some examples:

Time Expressions

  • To be about to
    • I am about to leave for my doctor's appointment.
  • Was or were going to
    • She was going to call you, but her phone battery died.
  • Would (used as the past of will)
    • He said he would help me with the project.
  • Used to
    • He used to smoke, but he quit.

State Verbs

  • I like coffee. (Liking is a state)
  • She knows the answer. (Knowing is a state)

Have Got

  • I have got a new car.
  • They have got a big house.

There Be

  • There is a cat on the roof.
  • There were many people at the party.

This course will also cover the present subjunctive, past subjunctive, and imperative mood.

The present subjunctive

The present subjunctive is used to talk about importance, recommendations or wishes. The infinitive without to is used. For example

  • Be
  • Not be

The present subjunctive is used in a that-clause that is placed after the main clause of a sentence.

  • The CFO insists that the credit controller attend the meeting this afternoon. (importance)
  • Because of your son’s outstanding record, I recommend that he apply to the top universities. (recommendation)
  • I ask that you be polite to the dinner guests this evening. (wish)
  • It is essential that you not discuss our product launch with competitors. (the negative form)

The past subjunctive: the unreal past

The unreal past is also known as the past subjunctive. The unreal past is the use of a past tense to talk about an unreal or unlikely situation in the present. These statements usually contradict the real situation in the present. The results of these situations are usually imaginary.

  • If I knew the answer to this question, I would tell you. (I don’t know the answer.)
  • Imagine you lived in a perfect world, what would your life be like? (I don't live in a perfect world.)

The past perfect subjunctive

The past perfect subjunctive is used to talk about an unreal situation in the past. These statements usually contradict what happened or didn't happen in the past. The results of these situations are usually imaginary.

  • If I hadn't eaten too much last night, I wouldn't have felt sick.
  • If only I had left home earlier. I wouldn't have been late for the interview.

The Imperative mood

The imperative is used to tell people to do something. The infinitive without to is used in the affirmative form.

  • Stop.

Through a carefully curated curriculum, you'll deepen your understanding of these expressive language constructs in a program that ensures a flexible and accommodating learning experience.

This course includes 23 videos, 23 articles, 3 weekly quizzes, a final exam, A grace period to complete late assignments, and a certificate of completion

The Syllabus

Week 1

  • The Present Simple
  • The Present Continuous
  • The Imperative
  • The Present Subjunctive

Week 2

  • The Past Simple
  • The Past Continuous
  • The Unreal Past
  • "Would" and "Used to"

Week 3

  • The Present Perfect
  • Present Perfect Continuous
  • The Past Perfect
  • The Past Perfect Continuous

Week 4

  • The going-to future
  • The simple future
  • The future continuous
  • The future perfect simple and continuous

Week 5

  • Present Tenses for the Future
  • Future Expressions
  • Future in the Past
  • "Would": The Past of "Will"

Week 6

  • State Verbs
  • "Have" and "Have Got"
  • "There be"

Week 7

  • Final Exam

Week 8

  • A grace period to submit late assignments

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