How to distinguish different verb
tenses when tutoring
WHY THE TOPIC?
• During the tutoring session, I believe
that many tutees often write their
essays with wrong verb tenses.
• I want to learn it myself.
CORRECT VERB TENSES
• Clear and easy to understand
• To express the event with proper
HOW TO FIND THE VERB?
• Underline the possible verbs that show or
imply some action.
• Change the time of the sentence and find
the word that changes.
• *Some verbs may contain two words “ex: I
am going to school.”
(from Judy’s grammar
• Do all the verbs belong to the time cluster
(present, past, or future) in one paragraph?
• If yes, ask yourself that does each verb convey
precisely the time you had in mind, the
relationship to other times or actions, and the
idea of an action completed or in progress?
• If no, look carefully at the verbs that do not fit.
Is there a reason for the switch in time? Then,
rewrite the verb that provides the appropriate
indication of time.
(from Ann Raime’s grammar toublespots)
MAY USE PRESENT TENSES
• The assignment that talks about
“who I am.”
• The assignment that compares the
new grading system with the old
one (writing about the new system).
• The assignment that introduces
• Activities or events that occurring
in the present.
• Summarizing pieces of writing,
• Stating ongoing opinions, beliefs,
habits, and facts.
• Ex: I ride a bike to school
(from Judy’s grammar package)
Verbs in the simple