VERB TENSE: Indicates the timeframe in which an action or state of being is occuring (present tense), occured (past tense), or will occur (future tense).
Past tense of regular verbs are formed by adding -ed to the base of the verb. However, many verbs in english are formed irregularly. See the table for examples. For an extensive list of irregular verbs, see the link below.
Auxiliary verbs (also known as helping verbs) are used in combination with main verbs to indicate varying degrees of time and mood. Auxiliary verbs include:
Although these games and quizzes are designed for K-12 students, they provide very useful practice with immediate feedback.
The present tense is used to indicate an action or a state of being that is occuring at the present time.
|1st Person||I schedule an appointment.||We schedule an appointment.|
|2nd Person||You schedule an appointment.||You schedule an appointment.|
|3rd Person||She schedules an appointment.||They schedule an appointment.|
The present progressive tense indicates an action that is occuring at present.
|I am completing the assignment.||We|
|You are completing the assignment.|
|She is completing the assignment.
The present perfect tense is used to indicate an event or state of being which began in the past but has continued into the present. Note that the present perfect tense utilizes auxiliary verbs.
|I have been painting for twenty-five years.||We have been painting for twenty-five years.|
|You have been painting for twenty-five years.||You have been painting for twenty-five years.|
|She has been painting for twenty-five years.||They have been painting for twenty-five years.|
The past tense is used to indicate an action or a state of being that occured prior to the present time.
|I scheduled an appointment.||We scheduled an appointment.|
|You scheduled an appointment.||You scheduled an appointment.|
|She scheduled an appointment.||They scheduled an appointment.|
The present perfect tense is used to indicate an event or state of being which began and ended in the past prior to another event in the past. Note that the present perfect tense utilizes auxiliary verbs.
|I had been working at a law firm before I switched careers.||We had been working at a law firm before we switched careers.|
|You had been working at a law firm before you switched careers.||You had been working at a law firm before you switched careers.|
|She had been working at a law firm before she switched careers.||They|
Future tense is used to indicate an action or state of being that will occur in the future.
|I shall walk to the beach tomorrow.||We|
|She will walk to the beach tomorrow.||They|
The future progressive tense is used to indicate an on-going action that will occur at some point in the future.
|I will be drafting my dissertation next semester.||We|
|You will be drafting your dissertations next semester.|
|She will be drafting her dissertation next semester.
||They will be drafting their dissertations next semester.|
The future perfect tense is used to indicate an action or state of being that has not yet occured but will occur and be completed by a set time in the future.
|I shall have completed my assignment by tomorrow morning.||We|
|Theywill have completed their assignment by tomorrow morning.|
The past progressive tense is used to indicate an occurance that was on-going at some time during the past.
|I was eating dinner when the doorbell rang.||We|
|Theywere eating dinner when the doorbell rang.|