Correct Verb Tense

Choosing the Correct Verb Tense - Choosing the Correct Verb Tense

Choosing the Correct Verb Tense

Does Tense = Time ?

Not Always!

Situation and Time Words determine Time

Time chooses Tense (not the other way around).


For example,

Present Time (Now)

Present Continuous Tense

  • I am eating my dinner right now.

Present Tense for “non-action” verbs

  • I want some chocolate ice cream.


Future Time

Future with “will”

  • I will leave tomorrow.

Future with “be going to”

  • I am going to leave tomorrow.

Future Continuous tense

  • I will be leaving tomorrow.

Future with Present Continuous tense

  • I am leaving tomorrow

Future with Present tense

  • I leave tomorrow.

Past Time

Facts: Use Simple Past Tense only

  • I ate my breakfast at 7:00 this morning.

Relationship between two times.

  • I had eaten my breakfast when my roommate left.

Relationship between events.

  • I was eating my breakfast when the telephone rang.

For Practice: See

Verb Choice (from The Internet TESL Journal)

See also:

Grammar: Verb List   

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