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Use Tenses Consistently

In this worksheet, students will be asked to use tenses consistently and accurately, within the composition of writing.

'Use Tenses Consistently' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Assess Use of Tenses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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.

 

Present Tense:

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.

 

Past Tense:

'He was skipping' or 'He skipped'

'We were laughing' or 'We laughed'

These sentences show something has happened, it is finished, it has passed.

 

Future Tense:

'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

Read the sentence below carefully and choose which tense it is written in.

 

'The water evaporated before our eyes.'

Past

Present

Future

Read the sentence below carefully and decide which tense it is written in.

 

'The criminal will be caught one day.'

Past

Present

Future

Read the sentence below carefully and choose which tense it is written in.

 

'The baby is dribbling because he is teething.'

Past

Present

Future

This sentence is written in the past tense, can you identify which option is written in the present tense?

 

'Granny broke into the Tower of London!'

Granny is breaking into the Tower of London!

Granny will break into the Tower of London!

The sentence below is written in the past tense, can you identify which option is re-written in the future tense?

 

'The Queen surprised everyone with her dancing!'

The Queen will surprise everyone with her dancing!

The Queen is surprising everyone with her dancing!

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which tense it is in.

 

'I am eating cakes.'

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which tense it's written in.

 

'I have lost my bag at school.'

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which tense it's written in.

 

'That was annoying.'

Read the sentence below carefully, it is written in the simple past.

Can you spot which sentence is rewritten in the present progressive?

 

'She ate cakes.'

She is eating cake.

She will eat cake.

Read the sentence below carefully, it is written in the present progressive.

 

Can you identify it rewritten in the past progressive?

 

'He is drinking a glass of water.'

He was drinking a glass of water.

He will drink a glass of water.

  • Question 1

Read the sentence below carefully and choose which tense it is written in.

 

'The water evaporated before our eyes.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Past
EDDIE SAYS
This sentence is written in the past tense, the water has already evaporated.
  • Question 2

Read the sentence below carefully and decide which tense it is written in.

 

'The criminal will be caught one day.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Future
EDDIE SAYS
This sentence is written in the future tense, the criminal has not yet been caught. You're getting good at these! Let's keep practising together.
  • Question 3

Read the sentence below carefully and choose which tense it is written in.

 

'The baby is dribbling because he is teething.'

CORRECT ANSWER
Present
EDDIE SAYS
This sentence is written in the present tense, the action is happening now.
  • Question 4

This sentence is written in the past tense, can you identify which option is written in the present tense?

 

'Granny broke into the Tower of London!'

CORRECT ANSWER
Granny is breaking into the Tower of London!
EDDIE SAYS
To alter the sentence into the present tense, the verb changed to 'broke'. The sentence, written in the present tense is: 'Granny is breaking into the Tower of London!' Great focus.
  • Question 5

The sentence below is written in the past tense, can you identify which option is re-written in the future tense?

 

'The Queen surprised everyone with her dancing!'

CORRECT ANSWER
The Queen will surprise everyone with her dancing!
EDDIE SAYS
To alter the sentence into the future tense, the verb changed to 'surprise'. The sentence, written in the present tense is: 'The Queen will surprise everyone with her dancing!'
  • Question 6

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which tense it is in.

 

'I am eating cakes.'

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? This sentence is written in the present progressive. This tense allows us to talk about things that are happening now and haven't finished happening. The 'am' and 'ing' show it is present progressive.
  • Question 7

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which tense it's written in.

 

'I have lost my bag at school.'

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you get on? This sentence is written in the present perfect. This tense allows us to talk about an action that has been completed 'perfected' or that started in the past and now continues into the present. The 'have' shows it is present perfect.
  • Question 8

Read the sentence below carefully and then choose which tense it's written in.

 

'That was annoying.'

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
How did you find this one? This sentence is written in the past progressive. This tense is often used to talk about things that happened at a particular moment in the past. The 'was' in the sentence shows the sentence is past progressive.
  • Question 9

Read the sentence below carefully, it is written in the simple past.

Can you spot which sentence is rewritten in the present progressive?

 

'She ate cakes.'

CORRECT ANSWER
She is eating cake.
EDDIE SAYS
'She ate cakes' is written in the simple past. To alter it to the present progressive, it becomes 'she is eating cake.' Remember, the present progressive allows us to talk about things that are happening now and haven't yet finished!
  • Question 10

Read the sentence below carefully, it is written in the present progressive.

 

Can you identify it rewritten in the past progressive?

 

'He is drinking a glass of water.'

CORRECT ANSWER
He was drinking a glass of water.
EDDIE SAYS
In the past progressive, the sentence becomes: He was drinking a glass of water. Remember the past progressive refers to things that happened at a particular moment in the past. Great work, you've completed another activity! How about attempting another one so you feel super confident?
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