Simple Verb Tenses

Simple Verb Tenses

            Verb tenses are used to show time when we speak.  They can show the action or state of being in the present, past or future.

Ex. John __reads__ (to read) a short novella by Larry McMurtry.

At what time is this taking place?  The present, John is reading the book as we speak.  Therefore, the verb to read is in the simple present tense.

The same sentence used in the simple past:

Ex. John __read__ (to read) a short novella by Larry McMurtry.

The verb to read is in the past tense here, which means John already read the book.

The same sentence used in the simple future:

Ex. John __will read__ (to read) a short novella by Larry McMurtry.

Although we do not have a future verb tense, we put the helping verb will to show the future.

Easy?  Try putting the following sentences in the simple past, present, and future.

 

1. Chris ________________ (to destroy) the ant hill. (present)

Chris ________________ (to destroy) the ant hill. (past)

Chris ________________ (to destroy) the ant hill. (future)

2. Mary ____________________ (to comb) her hair in the mirror. (present)

Mary ____________________ (to comb) her hair in the mirror. (past)

Mary ____________________ (to comb) her hair in the mirror. (future)

3. Lebron James ____________________ (to win) an NBA championship ring. (present)

Lebron James ____________________ (to win) an NBA championship ring. (past)

Lebron James ____________________ (to win) an NBA championship ring. (future)

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