Where did all the english tenses come from?

@shomomo (850)
Israel
February 9, 2007 12:06pm CST
Past perfect, progressive, present simple, present perfect progressive and so on, it never ends! Where di it all come from and why isn't it changing to 3 simple tenses of past, present and future?
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@lkbooi (16101)
• Malaysia
16 Feb 07
I think three simple tenses of past, present and future are not enough to deal with the various situations and circumtances involved in daily life. Our ancestors invented languages through their experiences and they might find that three simple tenses were just not sufficient.