An Introduction To English Verb Tenses
- Simple present: I drive home every day.
- Simple past: I drove home yesterday.
- Simple future: I will drive home later.
- Progressive (Continuous) Tenses
- Past progressive: I was driving when you called.
- Present progressive: I am driving now.
- Future progressive: I will be driving when you call.
2. Perfect Tenses
Perfect Progressive Tenses
Adverbs are your friends
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Practice with questions
- Yes, I slept well.
- Yes, I shower every day.
- Yes, I’m going to study tonight.
- I was eating dinner when you called me last night.
- I am practicing verb tenses right now.
- I will be celebrating the New Year with my friends.
- Yes, I had already done it several times before.
- No, I have never broken the law.
- No, I will not have gotten married by the time I turn 30.
- I had been smoking for two years before I quit.
- I have been waiting for the bus for 20 minutes.
- I will have been working for 30 years before I retire.
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- It snowed yesterday.
- Simple past verb
- It snows every winter.
Simple present verb
- It is going to snow tonight.
- It will snow this winter.
- Will / be going to + simple present
- It was snowing when I drove to work.
- Was/were + -ing verb
- It is snowing.
- Am / is / are + -ing verb
- It will be snowing by the time I get home.
- Will be + -ing verb
- It had already snowed before I left.
- Had + past participle verb
- I have driven in snow many times.
- Have/has + past participle verb
- It will have snowed 6 inches by the end of the day.
- Will have + past participle verb
- It had been snowing for two days before it stopped.
- Had been + -ing verb + for/since
- It has been snowing all month long.
- Has/have + -ing verb + for/since
- It will have been snowing for three days by the time it stops.
- Will have been + -ing verb + for/since