Progressive, Future

Future progressive The future progressive serves to express an action which will be in the process of occurring. It is formed by putting the present progressive into the future: will be + present participle. I will be waiting for you at six o’clock. He will be eating by the time you arrive.   Hint for usage: How to choose between ... Leia Mais »

Preterit (Irregular forms)

Irregular preterits and past participles This alphabetical list shows the irregular forms of the most common verbs. Each entry includes the infinitive, the preterit, and the past participle. In cases where variant forms exist, they will be shown at the end of the entry. Literary or archaic forms are flagged by a cross: Ý. The past participle is used in ... Leia Mais »


Simple present (indicative) The simple present is used to express actions which take place in the present or which occur regularly. It also serves to express general or absolute statements not anchored in a particular time frame. I work at home. Politics are a dirty business. Jill speaks four languages fluently. On Sundays, we like to fish. In the interrogative, ... Leia Mais »

Present progressive

Present progressive General principles Near future In negative constructions Related topics General principles The present progressive is a version of the present which emphasizes the fact that an action is still unfolding (or is continuing) at the time one speaks. It is formed by using the auxilary “to be” with the present participle: I am working. He is eating his ... Leia Mais »

Present perfect progressive

Present perfect progressive A close relative of the present perfect, the present perfect progressive, emphasizes the continuation of a single action: it indicates that the action is ongoing or continuing at the moment one is speaking. The form — relatively complicated — consists of the past auxiliary “to have” + “been” (the past participle of “to be“) + the present ... Leia Mais »

Prepositions and Verbs

Verbs with prepositions Certain verbs and verbal expressions are generally followed by a preposition before their object (and this preposition will generally be shown in the dictionary). However, the meaning of these verbs is not dramatically changed by the addition of the preposition. The same cannot be said of the prepositional verbs, dealt with in another section. Examples: to wait ... Leia Mais »

Prepositional Verbs

Prepositional Verbs Single preposition verbs Sentence structure Mulitple preposition verbs Sentence structure Related topics   Single preposition verbs A great number of verbs in English can be modified by the addition of a preposition. Often the preposition will nuance, or even dramatically change, the meaning of the base verb. The meanings are often idiomatic, and the meaning expressed by any ... Leia Mais »


Prepositions Space Geography Means of transportation Time “To” with indirect objects Related topics Space In their simplest form, prepositions are used to indicate position (in time or space) of one thing with respect to another: I put the book on the table. She arrived before the others. He came toward me. There are many prepositions. Here is a partial list, ... Leia Mais »