Overview Of Simple Verb Tenses

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Overview Of Simple Verb Tenses

  1. 1. Overview of Simple Verb Tenses * All in formation, unless noted, has been taken from the text Understanding and Using English Grammar by Betty Schrampfer Azar
  2. 2. The Simple Tenses <ul><li>Simple Present </li></ul><ul><li>Simple Past </li></ul><ul><li>Simple Future </li></ul>
  3. 3. Tense Descriptions <ul><li>The following diagram will help you visualize when you should use the simple tenses. </li></ul><ul><li>Take a good look at this chart. It will come in handy for the next slide.  </li></ul>FUTURE NOW ==========  PAST
  4. 4. The Simple Tenses PRESENT It expresses events or situations that exist always, usually, habitually ; they exist now, have existed in the past, and probably will exist in the future. <ul><li>It snows in Alaska </li></ul><ul><li>Tom watches television everyday </li></ul>SIMPLE MEANING EXAMPLES TENSE PAST This event happened at a specific moment in the past . The event started and ended in the past. <ul><li>It snowed yesterday. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom watched television last night. </li></ul>SIMPLE FUTURE This event will happen at a particular moment in the future. <ul><li>It will snow tomorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>It is going to snow tomorrow. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom will watch television tonight. </li></ul><ul><li>Tom is going to watch television tonight </li></ul>SIMPLE
  5. 5. Sample Dialogue <ul><li>A: What do you do every morning? </li></ul><ul><li>B: I take a bus to school. </li></ul><ul><li> What are the speakers talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>The speakers are talking about habitual activities (activities that they do on a regular basis) </li></ul><ul><li> What is the name of the tense? </li></ul><ul><li>The name of the tense is simple tense. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Sample Dialogue <ul><li>A: What did you do last night? </li></ul><ul><li>B: I watched a movie on television. </li></ul><ul><li> What are the speakers talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>The speakers are talking about an activity that took place in a specific moment in the past (in this case last night). </li></ul><ul><li>When did the event take place? </li></ul><ul><li>The event started in the past and ended in the past. </li></ul><ul><li> What is the name of the tense? </li></ul><ul><li>The name of the tense is simple past. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Sample Dialogue <ul><li>A: What are you going to do tomorrow night? </li></ul><ul><li>B: I will watch television / I am going to watch television. </li></ul><ul><li> What are the speakers talking about? </li></ul><ul><li>The speakers are talking about an activity that will happen at a particular moment in the future (in this case, tomorrow night). </li></ul><ul><li>What is the name of the tense? </li></ul><ul><li>The name of the tense is simple future. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Written Practice <ul><li>Let’s try to connect the information from the previous slide with what we already know. </li></ul><ul><li>What are some of the things you do everyday or almost everyday? Name at least 5 activities. </li></ul><ul><li>What did you do yesterday? Name three separate activities. </li></ul><ul><li>What are you going to do tomorrow? </li></ul>

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