English Verb Tenses
Do you know about the verb tenses? What's the difference between the present perfect and the past simple? Are you sure? How about the past perfect?
Many students have problems with verb tenses. But they aren't really very difficult, I promise. Here you'll find really clear examples and explanations, so you can easily review all the English tenses - firstly how to make them (the 'form'), secondly, how to use them (the 'use')
Click to learn more about the tenses below:
What's The Difference?
Here's another few things you might find useful:
- Tenses Cheatsheet
This is a printable PDF of all the verb tenses and how to form them.
- Grammar Exercises
This is a list of all the grammar exercises on this site, about verb tenses and other things.
- Present Simple Spelling Changes
This is an explanation of how we sometimes need to change the spelling of a verb with 'he, she, it' in the present simple, for example why 'cry' becomes 'cries' but 'play' is 'plays'.
- Adverbs of Frequency
Adverbs of Frequency are words like 'often' 'sometimes' 'never'. This page shows you how to use them with the present tense and where to put them in the sentence. I also explain about longer phrases like 'from time to time'.
- Irregular Verbs, Lists and Exercises
- How to pronounce 'ed'
How do you pronounce 'stopped'? Many students say 'stop-id' instead of 'stopt'. This page explains the rules of pronunciation for regular past simple verbs and past participles (verbs that end with 'ed')
- Stative verbs
We can't use some verbs, like 'know' or 'believe' in continuous tenses. This page has lists and explanations.