Verb Tenses

Learn about the differen verb tenses in English. For many learners, learning the different tenses of English can be challenging, but no need to worry as we’ve simplified it for you here. We don’t go into the deep details of the 12 verb tenses in this post, so it will be the best place to start 3 main ones. There are 3 main tenses for verbs. Present, past, and future. Present tense is used for talking about events happening now. Past tense is for events and actions that have happened before the present moment. Future tense talks is used when talking about anything that is upcoming. It can be either in the next 10 minutes or 10 years from now.

Verb Tenses

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Present Tense

Present Simple Tense

I talk.

Present Continuous

I am talking.

Present Perfect

I have talked.

Present Perfect Continuous

I have been talking.


Past Tense

Past Simple

I talked.

Past Continuous

I was talking.

Past Perfect

I had talked.

Past Perfect Continuous

I had been talking.


Future Tense

Future Simple

I will talk.

I am going to talk.

Future Continuous

I will be talking.

I am going to be talking.

Future Perfect

I will have talked.

I am going to have talked.

Future Perfect Continuous

I will have been talking.

I am going to have been talking.


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