Example Sentences of the Verb Leave in English

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This page provides example sentences of the verb "leave" in all tenses including active and passive forms, as well as conditional and modal forms.

Base Form leave / Past Simple left / Past Participle left / Gerund leaving

Present Simple

I usually leave for work at seven in the morning.

Present Simple Passive

Books are left on the desk at the front of the room.

Present Continuous

Mary is leaving for London today.

Present Continuous Passive

The city is being left by thousands this week.

Present Perfect

She hasn't left for the meeting yet.

Present Perfect Passive

The city hasn't been left by everybody yet.

Present Perfect Continuous

She has been leaving reminders around the house for years.

Past Simple

I left for work early yesterday morning.

Past Simple Passive

The magazine was left on the table yesterday afternoon.

Past Continuous

We were leaving for our vacation when they arrived.

Past Continuous Passive

The tourists were being left behind when the tour guide noticed they were missing.

Past Perfect

They had already left home when we got there.

Past Perfect Passive

The ticket had been left behind so he couldn't come.

Past Perfect Continuous

She had been leaving him reminders for a while before he remembered to take out the trash.

Future (Will)

Alice will leave soon.

Future (Will) Passive

The book will be left by the student.

Future (Going To)

We are going to leave on Friday.

Future (Going To) Passive

The house is going to be left by the visitors next week.

Future Continuous

This time next week we will be leaving on vacation.

Future Perfect

She will have left him by the end of next month.

Future Possibility

She might leave at the end of the week.

Real Conditional

If she leaves him, he will be very unhappy.

Unreal Conditional

If she left him, he would be very unhappy.

Past Unreal Conditional

If she had left him, he would have been very unhappy.

Present Modal

You can leave at any time.

Past Modal

They must have left early.

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