Understanding time, tense, and aspect – beyond the basics

The past, the present, and the future walked into a bar. It was tense. hahaha

OK, terrible joke! But the truth is that understanding time, tense, and aspect in English can be quite tricky. Let me give you an example of what I mean: Are the following sentences in the past, present, or future?

- The plane leaves at 10.

- That'll be my mom on the phone.

- 'Did you want something to drink, sir?'

It's possible to say the first one is present or future, depending on context; the second one is probably present; the last one is probably present as well. Confusing, isn't it?

In this course, we're will:

- discuss the differences between time, tense, and aspect;

- understand what all perfect tenses have in common (i.e. the perfect aspect);

- discuss the twelve verb tenses in English (are there really twelve?).

And more!

If you're an English teacher, an advanced user of the language, or if you're preparing for an international exam such as Cambridge C1 or C2, this course is certainly for you!

For further information, please contact us at +55 11 94505-1811. You can also write to higor@higorcavalcanteelt.com.

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Higor Cavalcante

I am an English teacher, teacher educator, author, and CELTA tutor based in São Paulo, Brazil. I have been in English language teaching (ELT) for over two decades, and my main areas of interest in ELT are teacher development, phonology, and language development for teachers. Here on Hotmart, my intention is to offer long and short courses for teachers of English in areas such as teaching grammar, vocabulary, phonology, listening, reading, writing, speaking, and much, much more. You can find out more about my work at www.higorcavalcanteelt.com, and you can write to me at higor@higorcavalcanteelt.com

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