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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

Year:  Year 6 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Assess Use of Tenses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

In this activity, you will recap 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 a verb is an action word.


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.


boy jumping


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


girl walking to school


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


Phew - there's a lot of information to take in there!


confused girl


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