Present, Past and Future Tenses Tense means time
The tense of a verb tells when an action takes place • The bear walks to the honey tree. • The bear walked to the honey tree. • The bear will walk to the honey tree.
Present Tense (Time) O The present tense of a verb names an action that happens regularly. It can also express a general truth.Example MeaningThe mountains are tall and white Unchanging actionEvery year, the school council elects new RecurringmembersH2O is the chemical symbolfor water Widespread truth
The present tense of the verb is the base form of the verb. When the subject is a singular noun or he, she, or it, you usually add „s‟ to the verb.
Present TenseO Singular O PluralO I visit O We visitO You visit O You visitO He, she or it visits O They visit
The verb ‘be’The present tense of the verb „be‟ differs fromthe base form :am, are, is,I am. You are. She is.
Past Tense (Time) O The past tense of verb names an action that already happened. O Form past tense of most verbs by adding ed to the base form of the verb.Example FormW.W.II ended in 1945 Regular –ed pastJ.K. Rowling wrote “Harry Potter.” Irregular form
Future Tense (Time)O The future tense of a verb names an action that will take place in the future.O This tense is formed by using will/shall with the simple form of the verb.O Example: The speaker of the Parliament will finish her term in May of 2013
The future tense can also beexpressed by using am, is or are with going to.O Example: The surgeon is going to perform the first bypass in Canada.
We can also use the present tense form with an adverb oradverbial phrase to show future time. O The president speaks tomorrow. (Tomorrow is a future time adverb).