Hello I'm interested in the history of and motivation for the naming of verb tenses and forms in English. It seems to me that any so-called present-tense statement is really past tense. Reasoning Suppose I say "The vase is falling off the shelf." Unless I speak very quickly, the chances are that the vase has already hit the floor and maybe has even broken before I finish the sentence. Surely I can never describe the present accurately because, by the time I utter a statement about it, it is already history. Suppose I say "The wedding dress is pure white" and at that instant someone throws ink over it - again I am only reporting what was the case. It is not even clear what it means to say that a statement is true. I believe we can only talk about what was true or will be true. Conclusion There are only past and future tenses/verb forms in English if we name them accurately. I have more to say and to ask but I'm interested in people's comments first. Thank you.