Simple Tenses and Standard English Verbs
A verb in the present tense shows that something is happening now or that something happens regularly.
EXAMPLES: I am happy. (now)
The flowers bloom in the spring. (regularly)
A verb in the past tense shows that something took place before now.
EXAMPLES: I was happy. (irregular verb)
I drove to work. (irregular verb)
The flowers bloomed in the spring. (regular)
A verb in the future tense shows that something will take place in the future, whether it is one second in the future or years in the future.
EXAMPLES: I will be happy.
I will drive to work.
The flowers will bloom in the spring.
Regular Standard English Verbs
Present Tense: You need to identify your subjects as being singular or plural. You also need to familiarize yourself with the subject pronouns.
The following pronouns can act as subjects:
I, you, he, she it (singular)
We, you, they (plural)
If the subject is singular (NOT COUNTING THE PRONOUNS I OR YOU), put an –s or –es ending on the verb.
EXAMPLES: the dog barks
the man sings
the men sing
the girl and boy dance
Past Tense: Regular verbs in the past tense have a –d or
BE DO HAVE
I am, was I do did I have had
You are, were You do You have
He is, was He does He has
She is, was She does She has
It is, was It does It has
We are, were We do We have
They are, were They do They have