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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:


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.”


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.


Everyday Verbs: MAKE and DO


This lesson deals with collocations with make and do, two verbs that many learners have problems with.

If you remember that the basic meaning of make is about producing something and the basic meaning of do is about performing an action, then the collocations on this page may seem more logical.

Collocation Examples with MAKE

make arrangements for
The school can make arrangements for pupils with special needs.

make a change / changes
The new manager is planning to make some changes.

make a choice
Amelia had to make a choice between her career and her family.

make a comment /comments
Would anyone like to make any comments on the talk?

make a contribution to
She made a useful contribution to the discussion.

make a decision
I’m glad it’s you who has to make the decision, not me.

make an effort
Michael is really making an effort with his maths this term.

make an excuse
I’m too tired to go out tonight. Let’s make an excuse and stay at home.

make friends
Caroline is very good at making friends.

make an improvement
Repainting the room has really made an improvement.

make a mistake
They’ve made a mistake in our bill.

make a phone call
I’ve got to make some phone calls before dinner.

make progress
Holly is making progress with all her schoolwork.

Collocation Examples with DO

Tip: Notice all the patterns that you can see in these tables. For example, make a comment, make an excuse and make a contribution to a discussion are all connected with saying things. Noticing connections like this may help you to remember the correct collocation.