Name three English tenses in one word each?
English tenses are the structure of verbs used to indicate the time of an action. There are 3 main tenses: past, present, and future. Learning these tenses will help you improve your English communication.
Understanding English Tenses
Present Tense: a form of verb that is used to refer to actions and states that are happening now or at the present time, such as 'I am speaking' or 'He is walking'. Past Tense: a form of verb that is used to refer to actions and states that happened at a point in the past, such as 'I spoke' or 'He walked'. Future Tense: a form of verb that is used to refer to actions and states that will happen in the future, such as 'I will speak' or 'He will walk'.
The English language has more than one way to express future events. For example, the present continuous tense is used to express plans for the future. The English language has six tenses for the past, present, and future. They are present simple, present continuous, past simple, past continuous, future simple, and future continuous. The present perfect tense is used in English to describe experiences that have happened at an unspecified time in the past.
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Work together in pairs: What is the difference between the present perfect tense and the past perfect tense?
Can you give an example of a sentence that uses the present perfect tense?
Brain break: Draw a silly monster with 4 eyes, 6 legs, and a rainbow-colored tail.
Which of the following sentences is written in the simple present tense?
- They will be eating dinner soon.
- She sings beautifully.
- I have been studying for hours.
Which sentence is written in the present perfect tense?
- She was reading a book when I arrived.
- I will travel to Paris next summer.
- He has lived in New York for five years.
What tense is used to express an action that began at some point in the past and continues up until now?
- Past Perfect
- Past Perfect Continuous
- Present Perfect Continuous
Choose the correct sentence that uses present continuous tense:
- They are playing soccer at this moment.
- They will play soccer tomorrow.
- They played soccer yesterday evening.
What kind of verb tense would you use to describe an event that happened before another event in the past?
- Simple Past
- Present perfect
- Past perfect