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I think the main problem when it comes to discussing English’s verb tenses is that by saying we have 12 tenses, we’re implying they’re all unique and need to be individually learned. But, it’s just not how it works. We may have 12 individual tenses in total, but they overlap by pretty predictable patterns. Our tenses are created by putting together the verb’s tense itself (commonly in the form of a suffix) and helper verbs. “Have” or “has” implies that the action, in some form or another, was performed before this instance. Both “been” and “-ing” implies being in the middle of an action, etc etc. Yes, it adds up to 12 tenses, but you can learn all twelve by learning a few rules (and spending some time practicing).
This is different from languages like Spanish, which has a multitude of unique tenses, the conjugations of which are each unique and need to be individually memorized. Helper verbs barely play a part in tenses in Spanish. So, despite Spanish having a similar amount of tenses to English, it’s much harder to get them memorized in languages like Spanish as compared to English.

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Guy G.
Hear that native English speakers? That is 5 years of my life in four minutes.
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Khải Phạm Bá
Just my personal opinion. I think, from the perspective of a non-native speaker, that languages with verb tenses are actually harder to learn, since you have to remember more words. Native English do not find it hard, or that they do not even notice too many things in grammar because they take it for granted. They learn as they grow, it is by default.
I find myself lucky since my language, Vietnamese, does not change its verbs form.
- Past or Perfect, add the word "đã" before a verb.
- Future, add the word "sẽ" before a verb.
- Continuous, add the word "đang" before a verb.
And that's it. You're good to go.

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Rakka Sei
There is no future tense in English.
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Carmen V
I’m here to learn but man, that diamrem.
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Raditya Nugraheni
Thanks Ted-ed for mentioning Tukangbesi language, a local language from Sulawesi, Indonesia.
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Lava King
English only has two tenses: past and non past. Future is just an auxiliary verb
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Santiago Wood
* Spanish has entered the chat *
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DannyDaDuffyDucking Daffer
Oh God
I learned this kind of stuff in Spanish
I didn't like that class
This makes English sound too complicated

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Paul Kachur
There is another obscure passive form in English, I forget the name; "Dinner is serving" as in "Dinner is being served".
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Reha Taş
Welcome to freshman year of the highschool in Turkey.
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Homer Perez
I didnt understand a thing
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Ash Garden


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Reese Phelps
This is so helpful.
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MC King
They run
They will run
They will have run
They will have been running
They will not have been running
This is about as extreme as English gets.

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MC King
English: I hammer today, I hammer tomorrow...in 50 years I'll hammer yesterday.
Other languages:

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Onni- Elias Venäläinen
In finland were tought these in the sixeth grate xd
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Brix Flores
Tenses are just Mental Abuse to Humans.
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1:52 is the terraria hurt sound
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The Crazy Glasses Girl
I feel like this is more complicated then math
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read Is good
swedish have it and one more

myran blev upäten av grodan
the frog eated the ant
the verb tens make it is the later thing that does it
myran åt grodan = the ant ate the frog
myran blev uppäten av grodan = the frog ate the ant

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Nay Nay
The reason why most native english speakers don't learn this in schools, is because it is so simple. English conjugation is in no way as complex as French for example where the verbs in each of the tenses demand a different suffix. And to make matters harder, all verbs in english finish in "ing" and thus are all subject to the same conjugation pattern. French has 3 different types of Verbs each with their own set of suffixes and indeed...irregularities
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Mikatsume Gakuen Alice
in spanish there are three mods of verbs, three time of verbs, and they say that tere are six persons, but in real there are nine (yo, tú, VOS, USTED, el, nosotros, vosotros, USTEDES, ellos). And there are almost 19 tenses
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Akiko Games
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The thumbnail literally says walk a fish
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ogeid nomar
Emperor: Release the phrasal constructions.... I am going to... I used to... I just... I already... I usually... I have to... I am in the middle of...
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Trung Đỗ Quang
hello :))
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Pro Odermonicon
English has past and not past:
I walked
I walk
I'll walk

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Bal Romasant
Buli and tukang besi?
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dirk schmidt
yeah, except that English itself uses auxiliaries instead of tenses in so many of your examples!

it's not at all obvious that there is a true "future tense" in English — not in the same way there's a past. The past is conjugated in a verb (run, ran; go, went; walk, walked), but the future isn't, it's an auxiliary construction (going to / will run, gonna / will go, gonna / will walk).

And, we often use the present tense to talk about the future. "I'm running in the marathon tomorrow" is a perfectly acceptable sentence, but that "I am running" there is the present continuous. "I run" is technically present simple, but it's really only used as the habitual. (In general, I run. I'm a runner).

Your video totally glosses this over, accepts all the Latin-derived "English" grammar, and then says English works just like other Indo-European languages when it really doesn't... And then says other languages use auxiliaries instead of tense, when English does the same thing!!!!

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This had me recalled all the struggles during English classes. It's just all freaking confusing without practical examples.
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Well, but first we're gonna have to talk about parallel universes
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As a Russian I am not happy with our representation -.- . Otherwise the video was really helpful and interesting!
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Some Random Youtuber
That’s English’s verb tenses...
Past Vs Non Past
Not 12, 2!

If someone can explain it to me further I would like to hear...

Edit: I realized that this is aspect not tense that is my fault

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Rahadian Yamin
Tukang besi? That's a language?
It's blacksmith in indonesian

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Cold Electro YT
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Elizabeth Nakajima
There is mistake in this video, I think. They said Japanese verbs simply distinguish between present and past. That is wrong. There is a past continous form of all Japanese verbs, distict from the simple past and the present tenses. There are additional tenses, too. Please check your facts more carefully, TED-
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Adventure Awaits
This comes in my recommendations just before my english Exam. Thanks Youtube.😅
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Wenda Allison Guerra
Way too much going on here. You're making it so confusing and complicated while the title is extremely basic!!
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Najib Qunoo
Well by us in Arabic Languahe we only have present and past tense simply without further accuracies unlike the English Grammar
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qwerty uiop
1:52 ayo bruh is that the terraria hurt sound effect
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Kia Not The Car
That ending statement is the plot for Arrival
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I was never so confused
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Anthony Souls
I found the video's pace far too fast: It has too much data to process in such a short time; I'm going to have to replay it a couple of times to see if I can learn from the video.

Take Care, With Love Through God and Jesus and The Holy Ghost,

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Juliana Acuña
I'm impressed 😮
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Amanda Clark
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FA - 07SN - Erin Centre MS (1319)
5 months working on English grammar and it is in 4:27 min wow
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Fatima Fazal
3:31 'The quick fox jumped over the lazy brown dog.'
If the fox was so quick then why did it take 3 seasons to jump over the dog?

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Celi Aparecida Mecatti
loved it
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نزار اسكار
In arabic we only have present past future thank god
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Jeremy Botto
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GlowstoneLove Pad
past simple
past continuous
past perfect
past perfect progressive

present simple
present continuous
present perfect
present perfect progressive

future simple
future continuous
future perfect
future perfect progressive

extended continuous undertaking

That's 13.

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Olivia Leo
What i know is that in Arabic there are only 3 tenses. Past present and Future. That's all. But french language has more extra tenses than English. They are more complicated.
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1:52 terraria male hurt sound
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Candice and Tony Royan
so there is a fish with pants and legs?
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Lily Anderson
This is such a great video! But I teach in a part of the world where I can't show a man's bare chest to my female students. One great preview-next-week's-grammar homework assignment down the drain due to one brief shot. Alas. I'd love to see more educational videos that are modest enough to show in any part of the world (which here means long pants & arms or at least shoulders covered, as well as the torso). Not to force these rules of modesty on other people, just so such great content would be accessible by all people.
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Simon Lambrick
1:52 hold up, was that the hurt sound from terraria?
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Thiel Fam
it is so hard to follow
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Aditya Bagaskara
The Simple part tho
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What about the subjunctive?
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Ug Gam sea
On spanish there are over 20 verb tenses and half of them are different forms of the past. In Spanish not only there is tense and aspect but mode as well because your tense can be objective, subjective, conditional, gerund, participle, or infinitive.
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João Pedro Auriemo
Hope your friends catch the sea monster
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Lorenzo Fantini
don't schools in uk and america teach english tenses? that's what i get by reading these comments and it sounds so weird to me
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Skating Commentator
2:40-2:55, yeah! Its time to get severe DCS. I mean they have gotten DCS.
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manojhdfdh HD. yfgf de gdgydhfgvsingh
good vibes
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Simon Hamelin-Pratte
So, conditional is not a verb tense?
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Ron Morgunov
Ok, what school has failed to teach me, summed up in 4 minutes. Great.
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Lora Coggins
1:51 Terraria, anyone?
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Sonia Braid
Hey, at least in English, there are no prefixes that can turn a present-tense verb into a future-tense one.
Cries in Russian and Ukrainian

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Rajkhan Muhammad Nur
wgat is buli and tukang besi?
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Erich YDP
1:52 OOF
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Samuel Schönenberger
Now to a more important and confusing question (not that this is not a confusing issue): How do commas work in English? Are there clear rules? In German there are so there must be some in English too
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Samuel Schönenberger
English tenses are so complicated
Even German seems easier but then again I'm a German native speaker
Also, French is confusing too like why would you use a diffrent past tense in literature (passé simple, which is called simple but to me seems much harder than the normal past tense)

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giovanni mascheroni
What about future in the past?
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I don't understand what is the difference between past continuous and pastperfect progressive?
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David Shrapnel
1:52 was that an oof I just heard?
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Plerp Plerp
ENGLISH HAS NO FUTURE TENSE GOD DAMN IT! 😱 AAAARRRGGHHH! English has two tenses like Japanese: past and none past. That's it. No such thing as a "will future". Sorry.
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also, how many tenses does spanish have? i speak spanish as my first language but i don't know how many tenses there are xd
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1:52 is that the terraria male character going "Oof"? xd
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irawati kamaruddin
Waw very awesome 👍
I hv too channel educational..so please watch n like guys 👍👍

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Sanuka Kithnula
How did the fish get pants
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I don't think hammers go squeak when you pound them.
1:52 Terraria hurt sound?

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Aniruddha Karmarkar
English, morphologically speaking, only has 2 tenses: past and non-past. Because in "I cried", "I cry" and "I will cry", the past tense form is the only one with a separate word. The future is made with two words, will and cry
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Katido 622
In English, you have no Future. You say "I WILL run" you don't say "I runwill".
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Knight's Moon
0:01 Nice one unknown author.
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Berkay Yıldız
Çok hızlı konuşuyor amk anlamayı siktir ettim alt yazıyı okuyamadım . Ben bir cahilim .
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Kamar Taylor
It's not grammar that makes English hard to learn...its that all the rules sound the same...and it's my first and only language..
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brenton wang
I’m just wondering, who put the”uncharted depths” sign up?
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Jonás Baeza Ares
The 00:01 joke is awfull, i'm gonna kms
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Mr. Khan
Poor creature
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Mr Pellagra
Will is an aspect.So actually it is just past and non-past
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Here's a thought:
English only has past and non-past with no future.

If having to use an auxiliary means that the tense """doesn't exist"""" in that language, then English only has walk and walked.

"Will" doesn't have to mean future and you don't have to use will to express future.

I walk tomorrow; I'm cancelling my subscription; these both express future.

"I'm not sure if my grandparents will come tomorrow" "Will" here is expressing doubt in the future and therefore conveying subjunctive mood.

How about we accept that English works nothing like Latin and treats verbs completely differently and therefore English only makes a distinction between past and non-past like Japanese.

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Cubing Musician
Luckily Malay don't have tense..
Just mention the time you did or do or will do the action

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Dennis Diamond B. Belvis
I love your explanation.
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ceci n'est pas une pipe means that is not a pipe
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Joseph Stalin
1:52 borrows soundbyte from terraria
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Avinash Kumar Jayaseelan
Fun Fact
Buli and Tukang Besi are Malay words. Google Translate them!

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Eric Yao
That sea creature looked a bit like the monster from "Cold Skin"
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Nash Feiler
Grammatically, english has a tonnnn of verb tenses. But from a strictly verb point of view, we only have two: Past and Non-Past.
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