Verb is any kind of action and it bespeaks whether the action is in ongoing state or previous state or probable state. “Point” as verb will be discussed in all these three forms.
“Point” as verb means directing one’s attention to something, to indicate something with finger, to denote anything, cautiously remarking something or someone. We will discuss “point” here in present, past, future tense with their inflections in indefinite, continuous, perfect and perfect continuous.
The usage of the word “point” as verb is analysed in details with relevant examples and concrete explanation.
“Point” in present tense
In present tense verb indicates the action happens frequently or regularly in current times. Here we will have a look at the present tense forms of “point”.
The word “point” can be used in sentence as noun, verb, and adjective. “Point” as verb in present tense has forms like “point”, points, am/is/are/ pointing and has/have pointed, has/have been pointing respectively in present indefinite , present continuous , present perfect and present perfect continuous tense.
When is “point” used in the present tense?
Point in present tense is used to indicate specifically to someone or something, to emphasize particular object or person, to direct the position of particular thing by finger. All these referring and indicating actions occur in present times.
Examples of “point ” in the present tense
|Types of tense||Examples||Explanation|
|Simple Present Tense||a. I/we point my/our finger at the Eden Garden stadium. |
b. You point your finger at the Eden Garden stadium .
c. Sourav/Shreya points his/her finger at the Eden Garden stadium.
d. The girls /the boys point their fingers at the Eden Garden stadium
|Here we will find the usage of point as verb in present indefinite tense. In four examples we find two forms of “point”- point and points. As in third example, because the subject is third person singular number the verbs add “s” and becomes “points”. Apart from that other examples have first person, second person and third person singular/ plural number. So there is no change according to law of simple present tense.|
|Present Continous Tense||a. I/We am/are pointing the paper with a pen. |
b. You are pointing your finger to the fridge.
c. Chiku/Arna is pointing a bright future with his/her result.
d. The teachers are pointing out our mistake in the exam paper.
|Here we will find present continuous form of the verb point. As this is a continuous form the verb adds the’ –ing’ suffix according to law. As we can see that all the examples are indicating a certain direction and situation in present times.|
|Present Perfect Tense||a. I/We have pointed my/our finger at the refrigerator to have the cold drinks.|
b. you have pointed your finger at the refrigerator to have the cold drinks.
c. Chiku /Arna has pointed his/her finger at police uncle.
d. The teachers have pointed out the most important chapters for exam.
|Here we will have the present perfect tense form of point “has/have pointed” . the action has just pointed out the sense of direction. The action started in the past and still continues.|
|Present Perfect Continous Tense||a. Since the beginning of the semester I/we have been pointing to the theory of Aristotle. |
b. since the beginning of semester you have been pointing to post colonial theory.
c. since the beginning of class chiku /arna has been pointing to math problems.
D. since the beginning of semester the boys and girls have been pointing to the difficulties in studies.
|Here the action verb “point” has been used in present perfect continuous form”has/have been pointing”. We have a sense of indication that started few months ago and still continues.|
Usage of “point” in past tense
Verb in past tense refers to the complete or finished action in the past. Let us have a look on the past forms of “point”.
The action verb “point” in past tense forms as pointed, was/were pointing, had pointed and had been pointing respectively in simple past, past continuous, past perfect, past perfect continuous tense.
When is “point” used in the past tense?
The verb “point ” in the past tense can be used to indicate the finished actions of referring, indicating, directing, remarking to some objects or person.
Examples of “point ” in the Past tense
|Types of tense||Examples||Explanation|
|Simple past or past indefinite tense||a. I /we pointed to the shawl at the super market |
b. you pointed to the jacket at the super market
c. Chiku pointed to the coat at the super market.
d. The girls pointed the fashionable western dress at the mall.
|Here the action verb ‘pointed’ acts as remarking their choices at some mall where they visited few days ago. Their action was completed.|
|Past continuous tense||a. I/we was/ were pointing to the ship from the sea beach.|
b. you were pointing to the ship from the sea beach
c. Chiku was pointing to the ship from the sea beach .
d. The girls were pointing to the fish trawler from the sea beach.
|Here the action verb ‘was/were pointing’ refers to the ongoing action in the past. Here according to the law- past tense be verb(was/were) and ‘main verb+ing’ creates a ongoing signifying or remarking action in the past.|
|Past perfect tense||a. I/we had pointed to the ship from the sea beach before the fish trawler came. |
b. You had pointed to the ship from the sea beach before the fish trawler came.
c. Chiku had pointed to the ship from the sea beach before the fish trawler came.
d. the crowd had pointed to the ship from the sea beach before the fish trawler came.
|Here two past action is mentioned . the first completed action is perfect tense. As in examples we can find ‘had pointed’ are used to create a sense of completion before the second action occurs.|
|Past perfect continuous tense||a.I /we had been pointing to the gas leakage before explosion happened. |
b. you had been pointing to the gas leakage before the explosion happened.
c. Chiku had been pointing to the gas leakage before explosion happened.
d. They had been pointing to the gas leakage before explosion happened.
|Here we find the verb ‘had been pointing’ is used in order to denote the action(pointing) had been done before some point(explosion)|
“Point” in future tense
In future tense the action is yet to happen or occur. Its a prediction before actual happening or occurence. Now we will discuss the usage of point in future tense
One can use the verb “point” in the future tense to mention what he wants to indicate at certain time, or direct at particular direction in future. So “point” in future tense has the forms of shall/will point, shall /will be pointing/ shall/will have pointed and shall / will/ have been pointing respectively.
When is “point” used in the future tense?
The action verb “point” in the future tense can be used to indicate, to refer , to signify, to direct , to emphasize, to address in the coming days. Now lets have a look on the usage of ‘point’ in future tense.
Examples of “point ” in the Future tense
|Types of Tense||Examples||Explanation|
|Future indefinite tense||a. I /we will/shall point to the important chapter of biology|
b. You will point to the most important chapter of mathematics.
c. Chiku will point to the most important chapter of English
d. They will point to the most important chapter of Economics
|Here the verb ‘shall/will point’ refers to the some kind of address in near future on their expertise subjects . The subjects here will tell off their respective portion.|
|Future continuous tense||a. I/we shall/will be pointing my/ our finger at the criminal |
b. you will be pointing your finger at the criminal
c. Chiku will be pointing his finger at the criminal
d. They will be pointing their fingers at the criminal
|Here we find the verb point is used to identify criminal in future investigation.|
|Future perfect tense||a. I/We shall/ will/ have pointed the fault before sacking employee. |
b. you will have pointed the flaw before sacking him.
c. Chiku will have pointed the flaw before sacking his secretary
|Here the verb point in future perfect tense refers to remark the flaw of the employee before sacking in near future.|
|Future perfect continuous||a. I/we shall have been pointing to the neighbour uncle for two hours.|
b. Arna will have been Pointing to the boy seriously for three days
|Here the action verb ‘have been pointing’ refers to the identification in near future.|
Apart from that word “point” can be used as phrasal verb by adding preposition such as “point out”,”point in”, “point to” and so on etc. We can also use “point” as noun meaning “juncture”. The word point has adjective form also – “pointed” meaning certain shape of objects etc.