THAI LANGUAGE LESSONS
L14 - Tenses

This is another feature of the Thai language that is much easier than English.

Specifying tense is achieved by using simple add-on words. We do not need to change the form of the verb and therefore there are no irregular forms.

ja will (future tense)
lae-oh already (past tense)
gamlung present continuous

Future Tense

ja - this is how to specify something is a future tense. It can be translated as 'will'. You place it before the verb:

pom ja bpai poo-get - I will go to Phuket.

Past Tense

lae-oh - this is how to specify something is past tense. It can be translated as 'already'. It is placed at the end of the sentence:

pom bpai poo-get lae-oh - I have already been to Phuket.

Present Continuous

gamlung - this is how to specify something is continuing to happen. This is the English equivalent to putting 'ing' on the end of the verb. It is placed before the verb:

pom gamIung bpai poo-get - I am going to Phuket.

You may also hear 'yoo' added to the end of this format.

pom gamIung bpai poo-get yoo - I am going to Phuket.

This has the same meaning but is adding emphasis to the fact the action is continuing to happen.

 

 

 

 

 

 




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