In this activity, you will rehearse how to use verb tenses correctly.
Verb tenses are very important in our writing as they tell us when an action took place, either in the present, past or future.
Remember that an action word is a verb.
This sentence is written in the present tense:
'I am jumping.'
This means I am doing it now.
'She is looking at her book.'
This means she is doing it now.
'He was skipping' or 'He skipped'
'We were laughing' or 'We laughed'
These sentences show something has happened, it is finished, it has passed.
'I will jump' or 'I am going to jump'
'We are going to laugh at the joker' or 'We will laugh at the joker'
These sentences mean I have not done it yet, I am going to do it in the future.
Simple, continuous and perfect form:
Each type of verb can also be sorted into simple, continuous and perfect.
Simple form: (This is the easy one!)
Past: I walked
Present: I walk
Future: I will walk
Perfect form: (Use the 'to have' forms before the verb for past and present but use 'will have' for future.)
Past: I had walked
Present: I have walked
Future: I will have walked
Progressive form: (Use the 'to be' forms before the verb for past and present and 'will be' for future.)
Past: I was walking
Present: I am walking
Future: I will be walking