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A Quick Way To Learn English Tenses

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: 

 

 

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Simple Present Tense

Something that is unchanging, general, scheduled or happening at certain intervals.

Add verb S: “verb-s.”

example: “travels

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.”

example:”traveling

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.”

example: “traveled

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!