Home

Basic Verb Tenses

English Verb Tenses – The Basic Three

I’m going to keep this really simple so that you can concentrate more on your message, and less on grammar.
There are many different verb forms, but you can manage with just three to begin with.
In this section I’m going to deal with these simple scenarios.

1. Talking about what happened in the past
2. Talking about what is happening now
3. Talking about what is going to happen in the future

1. Talking about what happened in the past
(use the past tense)

Yesterday, I drove to Seinäjoki. I came home late.
I made some dinner and then I watched TV.
At 10 o’clock I went to bed.
When I was young I studied business at college.
I learned to ride a bike when I was five.
I learned to swim when I was ten.
I started work at this company thirteen years ago.

2. Talking about what is happening now
(use the present continuous)

Today I am working at the office.
I am sitting at my computer right now, writing this.
It is cold outside, but it is not snowing.
In the next classroom, my colleague is teaching a group.
The cleaner is working her way down the corridor.
She is wiping the tables and sweeping the floors.
The traffic on the bypass is making a lot of noise.

3. Talking about what will happen in the future
(use ‘will’ + the present simple or continuous)

Tomorrow, I will be working in the office again.
I will walk to work, instead of using the car.
I will sit at my computer, writing something else.
I hope it will not be snowing when I go home.
My colleague will be teaching again.
The cleaner will be cleaning again.
She will be wiping the tables and sweeping the floors.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Vaasa News

Selected news about Vaasa in English

bookpeopleblog.wordpress.com/

Howdy! We're the largest independent bookstore in Texas. This is our blog.

There's Always a Flaw

Life's flawless flaws written down

Foreverest

Travel & Life

Tania A. Marshall, M.Sc.

Welcome to www.aspiengirl.com

Erica Lee Style

where shutter meets style

usmanhashmi

Die Hard Supporter of PaK Sar Zameen Party

sethsnap

Photographs from my world.

Mashed Potato Bulletin

Grappling with the mish-mash of American politics

teflresearch

Bringing language research into the classroom

Saukon Taivaspaikka

Ihmettelee ja piirtää.

Trade News in Brief

International Economic Affairs & Relations / Regional & International Organizations / Global Commerce & Business

design calendar

Garden & Landscape Design Inspiration!.

Living Life in Glorious Colour

The view of life through my eyes. Thank you for visiting. Please leave a comment. I would love to hear from you.

Sartenada's photo blog / Blog de foto de Sartenada

Finland - photo stories from South to North

PhotoBotos.com

The #1 Featured Photographer Blog on the Web!!

Going Dutch

and loving it

%d bloggers like this: