This handout can be used to help your Beginner and Pre-Intermediate level students reference and compare the 12 tenses in English grammar. Every student should have one handy.
- English verbs are used in three tenses: past, present, and future.
- The past tense forms are used to describe things that have already happened (for example, earlier today, yesterday, last month, two years ago).
- The present tense forms are used to describe things that happen habitually and facts.
- The future tense forms are used to describe things that have yet to happen and predictions (for example, later, tomorrow, next week, next year, two months from now).