Level: intermediate

There are two tenses in English: past and present.

The present tense is used to talk about the present and to talk about the future.

There are four present tense forms:

Present simple I work
Present continuous I am working
Present perfect I have worked
Present perfect continuous I have been working

We can use all these forms:

  • to talk about the present:

London is the capital of Britain.
He works at McDonald’s.
He is working at McDonald's.
He has worked there for three months now.
He has been working there for three months now.

  • to talk about the future:

The next train leaves this evening at 17.00.
I'll phone you when I get home.
He is meeting Peter in town this afternoon.
I'll come home as soon as I have finished work.
You will be tired out after you have been working all night.

Present tense 1
Present tense 2

Level: advanced

We can use present forms to talk about the past:

  • when we are telling a story:

Well, it's a lovely day and I'm just walking down the street when I see this funny guy walking towards me. Obviously he's been drinking, because he's moving from side to side …

  • when we are summarising something we have read, heard or seen:

I love Ian Rankin's novels. He writes about this detective called Rebus. Rebus lives in Edinburgh and he's a brilliant detective, but he's always getting into trouble. In one book, he gets suspended and they tell him to stop working on this case. But he takes no notice …

Present tense 3
Present tense 4
Intermediate level


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I would like to know what does mean this question "What's your game son?", is it a kind of expression? Thank you.

Hello Sherif,
"What's your game?' is a very informal way of asking someone what they are doing or trying to do. It's not used in all dialects of English. 'Son' is also informal and is usually used to address someone younger or lower in status than the speaker.
Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hi sul,
Regarding to your question:
When you talk to some one (What's your game son) that means you already talked to him in the past or you're talking to him right now (because in the mentioned phrase there isn't any word indicate the future or continuous time) that mean the phrase time is the past.
I hope that I explained it well,

Hello, it was very complicated to comparing between verbs in sentences, but now I  know  very well, Thanks a lot.

Hello, i just read the comments and enjoy with this site to read and understand more of English. present simple comes to express about fact or usual and present continue comes to express about the action happened at the time of speak (now)

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