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How many tenses are there in the English language?

Many readers or learners ask a question that; how many tenses are there in the English Language? Some are of the view there are only two Present and Past tense, some say there are three tenses including Future tense. Many English language writers teach; there are three main tenses i.e. Present Tense, Past Tense and Future Tense. These main tenses, in terms of action, have their four sub forms (types) called Simple form, Continuous form, Perfect form and Perfect Continuous form. So there are twelve tenses in toto with the following names:

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