Tenses

There are 12 tenses in English. Tenses show us when an action has occurred or will occur. Through tenses, we’re able to tell the listener the time when an action has occurred or will occur. The twelve tenses cover twelve different points in time.

Every sentence in English is written in one of these twelve tenses. So, it’ll be right to say that if you’re good at tenses, learning English will be a cakewalk for you.

Before you learn tenses, it is important that you know the 6 grammatical persons of the English language. They are:

    I                           – First person singular
       You                     – Second person singular
   He/she/it            – Third person singular

We                     – First person plural
     You                    – Second person plural
They                  – Third person plural

In each tense, we conjugate verbs differently for different grammatical persons. Hence, learning how to conjugate verbs in different tenses is very critical. Because, if you conjugate verbs for different persons incorrectly, your sentence won’t make any sense. It will become grammatically incorrect.

Let’s look at each tense in detail.

Present Continuous Tense

Simple Present Tense

Present Perfect Tense

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Simple Past Tense

Past Continuous Tense

Past Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Simple Future Tense

Future Continuous Tense

Future Perfect Tense

Future Perfect Continuous Tense