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Simple Verb Tenses

What is a verb tense?

A verb tense tells us when the action happened - an action or past state of being (i.e. a to be verb).

There are 3 simple verb tenses we are going to learn about:
#1 - Present tense means something that is happening NOW!
#2 - Past tense means that something already happened.
#3 - Future tense means something is going to happen in the future.

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
<______________________|______________________>

HINT! What’s a to be verb? Here’s a reminder:

Simple Past Tense

Past tense means something that already happened or a past state of being.

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
<_____X________________I_______________________>

How do you make a verb past tense?

For most verbs, you add the ending -ED.

Present tensePast Tense
I walk to school.I walked to school.
You jump rope.You jumped rope yesterday.
He picks up the cat.He picked up the cat.

Simple Present Tense

Present tense means something is happening right now. It can also mean things that repeatedly happen or general things that you always do, like a routine or a habit.

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
<_____________________X_______________________>

Examples:
• I Slide down the slide.
• You smell the flowers.
• We look at books.

Repeated Actions:

These can happen anytime in the past, present, or future, but the simple present tense is used to describe things you do repeatedly or as a habit.

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
<_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X_X__X_X__>

Examples:
• Joey eats vegetables to stay healthy.
• Sarah exercises to keep her body strong.
• I like chocolate.

Generalizations:

Generalizations means something that is a constant or reality. They are formed using linking verbs with to be.

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
<____________________________________________>

Examples:
• I am happy.
• You are very smart.
• Our family is large.

Simple Future Tense

Future tense means something that will happen in the future.

PAST PRESENT FUTURE
<_____________________I____________________X___>

Examples:
• I will go to school tomorrow.
• You will eat four cookies after dinner.
• We will read for one hour for homework.
• They will be tired next week.

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