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.
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.
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.