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Know Your Terminology: Past, Present and Future Tenses

In this worksheet, students practise using the terms 'past tense', 'present tense' and 'future tense'.

'Know Your Terminology: Past, Present and Future Tenses' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Grammatical Terminology

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The word tense comes from the Latin word for time, and it is used to show when actions are taking place.

 

The present tense is used for things that are happening now or happen regularly.

 

Jamie is riding his bike.

Jamie rides his bike every day.

 

The past tense is used for things that have already happened.

Jamie rode his bike to school yesterday.

 

The future tense is used for things that are going to happen.

Jamie will ride his bike to school tomorrow.

Jamie is going to ride his bike to school tomorrow.

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

Josie is playing with her dolls.

doll

past tense

present tense

future tense

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

I went to the seaside yesterday.

past tense

present tense

future tense

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

We are going to visit France next summer.

past tense

present tense

future tense

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

Jack plays football every Friday.

past tense

present tense

future tense

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

I went to bed early last night.

past tense

present tense

future tense

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

My sister is going to learn to drive when she is 17.

past tense

present tense

future tense

Read this sentence in the present tense.

 

Katie is wearing her new skirt.

Which of the sentences below is in the past tense?

Katie wears her new skirt every day.

Katie is wearing her new skirt to the party tomorrow.

Katie wore her new skirt to my house yesterday.

Read this sentence in the past tense.

 

Jordan went swimming on Saturday.

Which of the sentences below is in the future tense?

Jordan goes swimming every Saturday.

Jordan used to go swimming on Saturdays.

Jordan is going swimming next Saturday.

Read this sentence in the future tense.

 

We are going to the cinema next Friday.

 

Which of the sentences below is in the past tense?

We will go to the cinema next Friday.

We are going to the cinema now.

We went to the cinema last Friday.

Read this sentence in the past tense.

 

Carly lived in Cardiff when she was little.

 

Which of the sentences below is in the present tense?

Carly lives in Cardiff.

Carly is moving to Cardiff next month.

Carly was born in Cardiff.

  • Question 1

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

Josie is playing with her dolls.

doll

CORRECT ANSWER
present tense
EDDIE SAYS
'..is playing' shows that Josie is doing it right now (in the present tense).
  • Question 2

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

I went to the seaside yesterday.

CORRECT ANSWER
past tense
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'went' shows us it is something that has already happened.
  • Question 3

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

We are going to visit France next summer.

CORRECT ANSWER
future tense
EDDIE SAYS
'...are going' shows us that it is something that will happen in the future. They plan to visit France 'next summer'.
  • Question 4

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

Jack plays football every Friday.

CORRECT ANSWER
present tense
EDDIE SAYS
'...plays' shows us that it is something that happens regularly and it is in the present tense.
  • Question 5

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

I went to bed early last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
past tense
EDDIE SAYS
The verb 'went' shows us that this is in the past tense, something that has already happened 'last night'.
  • Question 6

Read this sentence and decide whether it is in the past, present or future tense.

 

My sister is going to learn to drive when she is 17.

CORRECT ANSWER
future tense
EDDIE SAYS
'is going to' shows us that this is something that will happen in the future.
  • Question 7

Read this sentence in the present tense.

 

Katie is wearing her new skirt.

Which of the sentences below is in the past tense?

CORRECT ANSWER
Katie wore her new skirt to my house yesterday.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? The past tense for 'wearing' is 'wore'.
  • Question 8

Read this sentence in the past tense.

 

Jordan went swimming on Saturday.

Which of the sentences below is in the future tense?

CORRECT ANSWER
Jordan is going swimming next Saturday.
EDDIE SAYS
How did you do? The future tense would be '...is going'.
  • Question 9

Read this sentence in the future tense.

 

We are going to the cinema next Friday.

 

Which of the sentences below is in the past tense?

CORRECT ANSWER
We went to the cinema last Friday.
EDDIE SAYS
The past tense would use 'went' rather than 'are going'. Did you notice the end of the sentence changing too? Instead of 'next Friday' it becomes 'last Friday' to still make sense.
  • Question 10

Read this sentence in the past tense.

 

Carly lived in Cardiff when she was little.

 

Which of the sentences below is in the present tense?

CORRECT ANSWER
Carly lives in Cardiff.
EDDIE SAYS
'Lives' shows us it is the present tense, this is where Carly lives right now!
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