Verb Tenses in English – Past, Present and Future Verbs
How well do you know English verb tenses? If you are looking for a simple and quick way to learn English verb tenses, check our list here:
Simple Present Tense
Something that is unchanging, general, scheduled or happening at certain intervals.
Add verb S: “verb-s.”
I, You, We, They: travel every day.
He, She, It: travels every day.
Present Continuous Tense
Something that is happening now or sooner rather than later.
Add ‘IS‘ before verb and ING: “Is + verb-ing.”
I: am traveling right now.
You, We, They: are traveling right now.
He, She, It: is traveling right now.
Simple Past Tense
Something that occurred before now.
Add verb ED: “Verb-ed.”
I, You, We, They, He, She, It: traveled to Turkey yesterday.
Present Perfect Tense
We use the present perfect tense to talk about completed actions.
I, You, We, They: have traveled to Turkey.
He, She, It: has traveled to Turkey.
Present Perfect Continuous Tense
We use the present perfect continuous when the focus is on an activity that is unfinished.
I, You, We, They: have been traveling for a day.
He, She, It: has been traveling for a day.
Past Continuous Tense
Something that got interrupted by an occasion or a time.
Add ‘WAS‘ before verb and ING: “Was + verb-ing.”
example: was traveling
I, He, She, It: was traveling by bus when the deer crossed the road.
You, We, They: were traveling when the deer crossed the road.
Simple Future Tense
Something that will happen later than now.
Add “Will + verb,” or “Is going to + verb.”
example: “will travel”, “is going to travel”
I, You, We, They, He, She, It: will travel to Turkey tomorrow.
I, You, We, They, He, She, It: is going to travel to Turkey tomorrow.
Future Continuous Tense
Something that will be interrupted by an event or a time.
Add “Will be + verb-ing ,” “Is going to be + verb-ing.”
example: “will be traveling”, “is going to be traveling”
I, You, We, They, He, She, It: will be traveling when you arrive.
Relax now. You learned many things in a few seconds ago! =)
You may even see now that the last two sentences used simple tenses.
To learn English tenses, you need to follow 3 rules:
Pay attention to verbs
Learn the rules of English tenses
Don’t be shy to practice!
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