Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Three Perfect Tenses (Part 3 of 9)

The perfect tenses all take a form of have (has, had) and a past participle. They indicate action that was or will be completed by a specific time or by the time of another action.

Present perfect:

* Henry has already written next month's blogs. 

* Ellie has searched for the Word document every day this week. 

Past perfect:

* By the time of Henry's vacation, he will already have written four blogs. 

* Ellie had searched for the Word document several times before she found it.

Future perfect:

* By the end of July, Henry will have planned December's blogs. 

* After Ellie checks the computer room, she will have searched everywhere.

I'll remember that perfect means completed.

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1 comment:

  1. Now I read this one and it says, "perfect means completed." I just commented on the previous one that this is the first time I realized that perfect tense meant completed like it does in the Bible. When we are perfect in God's sight, we are complete due to what He has done and finished in our life.


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