Tenses in English are broadly divided into the past, present, and future. In English grammar, tenses are used to indicate when an action happened and if it is still going on or finished. The tense of a verb is used to refer to time while communicating in English.
The simple past (also termed as the past simple tense, past indefinite tense, or preterite tense) is a verb tense to indicate an action that is completed in the past. It is to speak about something that has already happened.
Simple past tense examples
Past Tense Form
She played the piano every morning last month.
He took the bus to school.
Jack traveled to Switzerland last year.
She wrote her journal yesterday night.
Jill went to school today morning.
She ate salad for lunch.
She worked as a banker earlier than her current job.
The simple future tense/future indefinite tense is to indicates an action or condition that will begin and end in the future. It refers to an action that hasn’t happened as yet. It refers to a thought or an action that you plan to do or could occur later than now.
Simple future tense examples
I will go to school tomorrow
She will visit China next year
The team will play in Argentina
She will go to meet her mother this weekend
We usually use the present future tense to express the following ideas:
The simple future tense is used to predict a future occurrence. For example, “It will be sunny tomorrow.”
To express a spontaneous decision. For example, “We’ll pay using our credit card.”
To express willingness/ unwillingness towards an action. For example, “I’ll clean up for you. I’ll never be dishonest.”
To make a suggestion for future action. For example, “Shall we go to a movie tonight?”
To give an invitation to a future event. (usually in the interrogative form). For example, “Will you join me for the class tomorrow?”
Make a sentence using the simple future tense.
Fill in the simple future tense in the following blanks by choosing the right word from the brackets.
She __________ to draw (will like/Likes/liked)
She __________melodiously at the concert (sings/sang/will sing)
He ___________to the market in the evening (go/went/will go)
The simple present tense is a verb tense that speaks of an action that is happening at present or right now. It also refers to an action that happens regularly and is continuous, hence it is also called present indefinite.
Simple present tense examples
Present Tense Form
She plays the piano every day.
He takes the bus for school.
Jack travels every summer to Switzerland.
She writes her journal every night.
Jill goes to school every day.
She eats salad for lunch.
She works as a banker.
She flies to Sydney every year around this time.
He uses the latest gadgets.
We usually use the present simple tense to express the following ideas
Use simple present tense to express or speak of any Habit or a custom, which is repeated very often.
For example, He plays football every day.
To speak of future plans/ timetables.
For example, She walks every morning. He goes for a jog every night.
To state facts or general truths.
For example, she hates liars. He admires honesty.
To tell jokes and stories or to report sporting events in real-time.
For example, John makes fun of Jill’s nasal accent. Rio passes the ball to Shane for a goal.
Make a tense using the simple present tense.
Fill in the simple present tense in the following blanks by choosing the right word from the brackets.
She __________draws (Like/Likes/liked)
She __________melodiously at the concert (sings/sang/will sing)
He ___________to the market every afternoon (go/goes/will go)
Verbs come in three tenses: past, present, and future, They are further subdivided into 12 categories.
What are the 12 Tenses in English and why are they important?
Verb tenses in English are broadly divided into the past, present, and future. In English grammar, tenses are used to indicate when an action happened and if it is still going on or finished. The tense of a verb is used to refer to time while communicating in English.
There are 12 tenses in the English language. Namely:
Past Simple Tense is used to describe an event that began and ended in the past, like winking, the act of blinking your eyelids to convey an emotion. To put “wink” in Past Simple Tense, we simply change it to “winked.”
This is true for all Regular Verbs. Regular Verbs in the past tense get d/ed at the end. For example, “hug” turns to “hugged.” But, Nouns don’t change with tense.
In fact, to detect a Past Simple Tense sentence, merely look for the Main Verb. Most often, for those sentences that Regular Verbs are used, d/ed is found hidden among other grammatical features.
Today we are going to discuss Arbor Day and the Future Time Tense Phrase “going to.” The Future Time Tense “Going to” isn’t hard to use. Let’s look at an example:
On Arbor Day, individuals and groups are encouraged to plant trees. Nowadays, many people, in many different countries, observe this green holiday. Levi is going to celebrate Arbor Day too.
After reading the example, you may have deduced that the Future Time Phrase “going to” simply means somebody will do something in the future. In the above example, Levi will celebrate the occasion by planting a tree.
This can be rewritten as:
“Levi will celebrate Arbor Day.”
Both sentences are correct and have the same meaning.
Tara was goingto Ceylan when it changed its name to Sri Lanka.
Sometimes, Narrative Tense uses a mixture of tenses. For example, when talking about two events that began and ended in the past, you may have to use both Simple Past and Continuous (Progressive) tense. Especially if you were interrupted while doing something.
As you may recall, Simple Past Tense used the Infinitive Verb + ed. For instance, you may hear a Native English speaker say:
“Yesterday, I walked to work.”
This is a Simple Past Tense. The speaker began and ended their walk yesterday.
Narrative Tense speaks of an event that began and ended in the past. Narrative Tense is often found in stories, books, textbooks, and descriptions of past events.
Like all tenses, Narrative Tense is created by conjugating The Verb, causing it to either match the sentence’s Subject or relationship to when an event occurred. For example,
“I write to you,”
uses the simple present form of the Verb “write,” indicating that the speaker wrote and will continue to write to the listener. This cycle of writing and sending letters could go on forever. However, to put the above example in the Narrative Tense, it would be written as:
“I wrote to you,”
Meaning that the speaker wrote the listener in the past, but might not write again. Here’s another example:
Homer felt sorrow because of a recent breakup. But, Homer didn’t cry. Instead, he slowly typed a poem. He knew it wasn’t going to be the greatest poem ever, but putting his feeling on paper helped him heal.