I'm new to this community. Why verb tenses names are so-called? For example why do
we some people say "Present simple" instead of where others say "Simple present", and so on.
English verbs have 5 controlling factors:
Voice: active or passive
Tense: past (preterite) or present
Aspect1: recently completed (perfect) or not
Aspect2: uncompleted (progressive) or not
Mood: actual or hypothetical(the modal auxiliaries)
Each of these features is binary (not counting the different modals), so there are 32 different ways to state a verb (not counting the infinitive).
'Simple' means that the 2 Aspect options are 'off'. The ordering of the options is not important (- we don't yet know how the brain does it).
When we describe tenses in English, we usually put past, present and future before simple and perfect which will precede continuous (progressive), for example:
Present Perfect Continuous (Not Perfect Continuous Present or Continuous Perfect Present)
Past Perfect Continuous (Not Perfect Continuous Past or Continuous Perfect Past)
However, if you replace Perfect with Simple in the above examples, we don't usually use Simple as it is not absolutely required, for example:
As Aml explained, Simple just indicates there is no aspect of Perfect and Continuous, in other words, Present Simple means Present without Perfect and Continuous.
Present Simple and Simple Present have the same meaning and whichever you use is not likely to cause confusion.