Verb Tense Tutorial

Verb tenses are tools that English speakers use to express time in their language. You may find that many English tenses do not have direct translations in your language. That is not a problem. By studying this verb tense tutorial, you will learn to think like a native English speaker. If you prefer to use the verb tense pages as a reference only and do not want to complete the tutorial, Click Here.

The tutorial should be completed as follows:

1. Read this introduction page.

2. Prepare for the exercises by reading: Types of Verbs,  Active vs. Passive, and the verb tense descriptions that you want to practice.

3. Complete the exercises below. After each exercise, we have listed the tenses covered. Just click on the name of a tense to learn more about its use.

EXERCISESTOPICS COVERED
Verb Tense Exercise 1Simple Present and Present Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 2Simple Present and Present Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 3Simple Past and Past Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 4Simple Past and Past Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 5Simple Past and Present Perfect
Verb Tense Exercise 6Simple Past and Present Perfect
Verb Tense Exercise 7Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 8Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 9Present Continuous and Present Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 10Present Continuous and Present Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 11Simple Past and Past Perfect
Verb Tense Exercise 12 Simple Past, Present Perfect, and Past Perfect
Verb Tense Exercise 13Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 14 Present Perfect, Past Perfect, Present Perfect Continuous, and Past Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 15 Present Continuous, Simple Past, Present Perfect Continuous, and Past Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 16Present and Past Tenses with Non-Continuous Verbs
Verb Tense Exercise 17Present and Past Tense Review
Verb Tense Exercise 18Will and Be Going to
Verb Tense Exercise 19Will and Be Going to
Verb Tense Exercise 20Will and Be Going to
Verb Tense Exercise 21Simple Present and Simple Future
Verb Tense Exercise 22Simple Present and Simple Future
Verb Tense Exercise 23Simple Future and Future Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 24 Simple Present, Simple Future, Present Continuous, and Future Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 25Simple Future and Future Perfect
Verb Tense Exercise 26Future Perfect and Future Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 27Future Perfect and Future Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 28Future Continuous and Future Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Practice TestCumulative Verb Tense Review
Verb Tense Final TestCumulative Verb Tense Review

Verb Tense Overview with Examples

Simple Present Simple Past Simple Future
I study English every day. Two years ago, I studied English in England. If you are having problems, I will help you study English.

I am going to study English next year.
Present Continuous Past Continuous Future Continuous
I am studying English now. I was studying English when you called yesterday. I will be studying English when you arrive tonight.

I am going to be studying English when you arrive tonight.
Present Perfect Past Perfect Future Perfect
I have studied English in several different countries. I had studied a little English before I moved to the U.S. I will have studied every tense by the time I finish this course.

I am going to have studied every tense by the time I finish this course.
Present Perfect Continuous Past Perfect Continuous Future Perfect Continuous
I have been studying English for five years. I had been studying English for five years before I moved to the U.S. I will have been studying English for over two hours by the time you arrive.

I am going to have been studying English for over two hours by the time you arrive.
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