The book provides a grammar of tense which can be used both as an advanced reference grammar and as a scientific study which can act as a basis for and stimulus to further research. It provides not only a wealth of data but also a unique framework for the study of the English tense system, which achieves great predictive and explanatory power on the basis of a limited number of relatively simple rules. The book moves from a detailed exploration of the meaning and use of individual tenses to a thorough analysis of the way in which tenses can be seen to function together as sets, and finally to a detailed examination of tenses in, and tenses interacting with, temporal adverbials. Original data is used frequently. throughout the book to illustrate the theory discussed. Book jacket.Declerck, Renaat is the author of 'Grammar of the English Verb Phrase The Grammar of the English Tense System, a Clescroart, Johnrehensive Analysis', published 2006 under ISBN 9783110185898 and ISBN 311018589X.