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Tense Use Rules – Explanations

These explanation resources provide the rules for each tense, as well as examples of proper tense use.

Present Simple
Present Continuous
Past Simple
Past Continuous
Present Perfect
Past Simple vs. Present Perfect
Present Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect
Future with Will
Future with Going to
Future Perfect
Future Continuous
Conditional Forms
Alternate Conditional Forms
Modal Forms
Modal Verbs of Probability

Tense Use Rules – For Beginners

These tense explanations cover basic tenses and are especially for beginners. They include easier English as well as example dialogues of tense use.

Present Simple
Present Continuous
Past Simple
Past Continuous
Present Perfect
Future with Will
Future with Going to
Modal Form Basics

Tense Quizzes

Once you understand the tense use, these quizzes will help you test your knowledge. The more you practice, the more confident you will feel using various tenses.

Beginning English Tenses Test
Past Tenses Review
Simple Past or Present Perfect
Future with Will vs. Going to
Present Perfect or Present Perfect Continuous
Basic Modals
Advanced Tense Identification
Conditional Forms
Passive Forms Quiz

Tense Review

If you have a good understanding of tense use, these pages will help you review tenses as they relate to each other. The resources include a tense timeline, and a special section focusing on auxiliary verbs – the key to verb conjugation.

Present Tenses Review
Past Tenses Review
Future Tenses Review
English Tenses Timeline
Present Tense Auxiliary Verbs
Past Tense Auxiliary Verbs
Future Tense Auxiliary Verbs
Simple vs. Progressive Verbs
Example Sentences in All Tenses

Tense Use Lessons

These lesson plans can be used in your classes. Each lesson plan includes an introduction, a step by step guideline to teaching tense use, and class exercises to be used during the lesson.

A Difficult Situation: Using Modal Verbs of Probability in the Past
A VIP – Present Perfect Simple and Continuous Lesson Plan
Conditional Statements
Integrating Past Continuous
Passive Voice
Tense Review
Time Expressions and Simple Past or Present Perfect
Reported Speech: Developing Production Skills
Tense Review for Advanced Levels

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