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

         

                             dogs                              bark

 

                             the man                        sings

 

                             the men                        sing

 

                             the girl and boy dance

 

 

Past Tense:        Regular verbs in the past tense have a –d or

–ed ending.

                             Present                         Past

                  

                             talk                                talked

 

                             look                               looked

 

                             believe                          believed

                                      Troublesome Verbs

 

          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