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TENSES
Tenses are verb phrases with emphasis on Time. There are 3 basic tenses - Past, Present and Future. Each one has 4 different forms - Simple, Continuous(Progressive), Perfect and Perfect Continuous.

Simple Past Tense
The simple past tense is used to describe the actions that happened in the past.
  1. I ate
  2. I wrote
  3. I walked
Simple Present Tense
The simple present tense is used to express habitual actions.
  1. I eat
  2. I write
  3. I walk
Simple Future Tense
The simple future tense is used to describe future events.
  1. I will eat
  2. I will write
  3. I will walk
Continuous Past Tense
The continuous past tense is used to describe an action in the past.
  1. I was eating
  2. I was writing
  3. I was walking
Continuous Present Tense
The continuous present tense is used to describe actions happening now.
  1. I am eating
  2. I am writing
  3. I am walking
Continuous Future Tense
The continuous future tense is used to describe actions that are going to happen (certainly) in future.
  1. I wiil be eating
  2. I will be writing
  3. I will be walking
Past Perfect Tense
The past perfect tense is used to describe an event that had continuing relevence to a past time.
  1. I had eaten
  2. I had written
  3. I had walked
Present Perfect Tense
The present perfect tense is used to describe a past event that has present consequences.
  1. I have eaten
  2. I have written
  3. I have walked
Future Perfect Tense
The future perfect tense is used to describe an event that is expected to happen before another event in the future.
  1. I will eat
  2. I will write
  3. I will walk
Past Perfect Continuous Tense
The past perfect continuous tense is used to describe an event that started in the past and continued up until another time in the past.
  1. I had been eating
  2. I had been writing
  3. I had been walking
Present Perfect Continuous Tense
The present perfect continuous tense is used to describe an action in the past which continues right up to the present.
  1. I have been eating
  2. I have been writing
  3. I have been walking
Future Perfect Continuous Tense
The future perfect continuous tense is used to describe actions that will be unfinished, but have reached a certain stage.
  1. I will have been eating
  2. I will have been writing
  3. I will have been walking

Related Links
Tenses for first and second graders
Tenses for third and fourth graders