The 3 Basic Tenses

Learning Process


In this page you will have the lessons for each of the 3 basic English tenses. In each lesson we look at two aspects of the tense:

Structure: How do we make the tense?
Use: When and why do we use the tense?

Some lessons look at additional matters, and most of them finish with a quiz to check your understanding.

Present Simple

Past Simple

Future Simple

I do, I do do

I did, I did do

I will do

You can click on each attachment to see the lessons.


    Description: Simple Present. The simple present is a verb tense with two main uses. We use the simple present tense when an action is happening right now, or when it happens regularly (or unceasingly, which is why it's sometimes called present indefinite).

    Description: Simple Past Tense. The simple past is a verb tense that is used to talk about things that happened or existed before now. Imagine someone asks what your brother Wolfgang did while he was in town last weekend. The simple past tense shows that you are talking about something that has already happened.

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    Description: The simple future is a verb tense that's used to talk about things that haven't happened yet. This year, Jen will read War and Peace. It will be hard, but she's determined to do it. Use the simple future to talk about an action or condition that will begin and end in the future.

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