Tenses for the Verb - To eat
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Past Continuous - "He was eating his breakfast when the phone rang."
Past Simple - "He ate cornflakes for breakfast."
Past Perfect Simple - "He had already eaten breakfast
when he got to work."
Past Perfect Continuous - "He had only been eating his
breakfast for 2 minutes when his boss phoned."
Present Continuous - "It is 12.15 and he is eating
Present Simple - "He eats lunch at 12 noon every
Present Perfect Simple - "He has already eaten
Present Perfect Continuous - "He has been eating lunch
since 12 noon."
Future Continuous - "He's eating dinner with his mother
at 8.00 tomorrow."
Future Simple - "He will eat steak for dinner."
Future Perfect Simple - "He will have already eaten his
starter when he gets his main course."
Future Perfect Continuous - "He will have been eating
his dinner for 15 minutes when his favourite tv programme starts.