Star Ford

Essays on lots of things since 1989.

English verbs in eight easy steps (ESL curriculum)

on 1992 April 4

I wrote this while teaching English as a second language (ESL), to cut through the clutter of grammarians. It shows the four verb forms, fifteen constructions, and some word order combinations. English does not have “tenses” in the sense of Latin and related languages; it uses constructions of particles with verbs, and word order, to convey the time, power and intention qualities of actions.
English Verbs (PDF, 7 pages)

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