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Tenses

Tenses

Verb tense tells you when the action happens. There are three main verb tenses: Present, Past, and Future. Each main tense is divided into simple, progressive, perfect, and perfect progressive tenses.

Present

Past

Future

Simple

finish

finished

will finish

Progressive

am/is/are finishing

was/were finishing

will be finishing

Perfect

have/has finished

had finished

will have finished

Perfect Progressive

have/has been finishing

had been finishing

will have been finishing

v Things to remember about simple tense:

a. Present tense is the original verb form.
b. Past tense has a few patterns.
c. Future tense needs will (shall) + verb.

Run

  • I run a marathon twice a year. (present)
  • I ran a marathon last year. (past)
  • I will run a marathon next year. (future)

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Drink

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· I drink cola in my office.

  • I drank cola an hour ago.
  • I will drink cola in one hour.

Draw

  • I drew a picture.
  • I drew a picture yesterday.
  • I will draw a picture tomorrow.

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Learn

  • I learn English.
  • I learned English the last two years.
  • I will learn English next year.

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Let’s Revise

Fill in the blanks with appropriate verb forms.

1) I a song at the concert yesterday.
2) He a letter to his girlfriend tomorrow.
3) I to the library to borrow some books this weekend.

Recap

  • Tense is a category that expresses time with reference to the moment of speaking. We studied about verb tense that includes 12 different form of tenses. They are as follows:
  1. Simple Present
  2. Simple Past
  3. Simple Future
  4. Present Progressive
  5. Past Progressive
  6. Future Progressive
  7. Present Perfect
  8. Past Perfect
  9. Future Perfect
  10. Present Perfect Progressive
  11. Past Perfect Progressive
  12. Future Perfect Progressive
  • Tenses are very useful in understanding about the time when the action is taking place.

Quiz for Tenses

Q.1

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

I ______ green vegetables daily.

a) wear
b) eat
c) show
d) learn

Q.2

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

My sister _______ the newspaper during lunchtime everyday.

a) laughs
b) eats
c) cuts
d) reads

Q.3

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

Arvind _________ on his bicycle every morning during winters.

a) cycles
b) dries
c) waters
d) drops

Q.4

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

Maya _________ in the pool everyday.

a) jumps
b) prays
c) wears
d) swims

Q.5

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

Her mother _________ her Sanskrit.

a) shows
b) drowns
c) teaches
d) leaves

Q.6

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

My friends always ________ Math problems during breaktime.

a) eat
b) solve
c) ride
d) laugh

Q.7

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

The flower vase ________ the flowers.

a) cuts
b) eats
c) splits
d) holds

Q.8

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

His parents _____ him a watch every year.

a) pluck
b) learn
c) jump
d) gift

Q.9

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

Asha's train ________ at 6 A.M.

a) leaves
b) jumps
c) runs
d) walks

Q.10

Fill in the blanks with the correct words, using simple present tense.

Our neighbour's dog _______ at everyone.

a) laughs
b) eats
c) barks
d) shows

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