Lesson 15: USING THE VERB FORMS

Lesson 14 tells you the names of the different forms and how to make them. This lesson tells you when to use them.

Base form

IN PRESENT TENSE (except for 3rd person singular)

EXAMPLES:
We live near you.
Have you lived here long?
Do you live here?

AFTER AUXILIARY VERB DO (Lesson 17)

EXAMPLE: Did you live there?

IN IMPERATIVES (Lesson 18)

EXAMPLE: Have a seat!

AFTER TO

EXAMPLE: I wanted to go home.

AFTER MODAL VERBS (Lesson 27)

EXAMPLE: You must hurry.


-s form

Use only in third person singular (Lesson 2) of present tense.

EXAMPLES:
He lives near you.
Has he lived here long?
Does he live here?


Past form

Use only in past tense.

EXAMPLES:
They lived near you.
He had lived with them.
Did you live here?


-ing form

IN CONTINUOUS FORMATIONS (Lessons 22, 23, 24)

EXAMPLES:
He is living with them.
She has been swimming.

AS A NOUN (Lesson 48)

EXAMPLE: Living here is very nice.


Past participle

IN PERFECT FORMATIONS (Lesson 24)

EXAMPLE: He has lived in many places.

IN PASSIVE FORMATIONS (Lesson 43)

EXAMPLE: Tea is drunk everywhere.


NOTICE: The forms of be and their uses are in Lesson 16.

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