Verb Tenses

Free online lessons and exercises on English verb tenses. Are verb tenses boring? Are they difficult? Are they just plain blah? Umm. Well, yeah. Maybe. But the power of practicing verb tenses should never be underestimated. In fact, studies have shown that practicing verb tenses can lead to an increased understanding of a language on the conceptual level. This means people who practice verb tenses are able to speak better faster. At English Maven, we feel that the best way to learn English is through immersion, practice, and repetition. Therefore, we have supplied you with as many practice exercises as possible, each containing a variety of contexts and usages. If this is your first time on this website, we recommend that you start on Unit 1. Once you feel comfortable with the exercises in Unit 1, you can proceed to the next unit. Although every unit is challenging, we have done our best to make it so they progress in order from least difficult to most difficult. As always, it is an excellent idea to familiarize yourself with verb tense syntax and usage. So, be sure to consult our verb tense diagram for an overview and examples of all English verb tenses. Links to the verb tense diagram can also be found at the top of each exercise. We are in the process of completing units 3 and 4, and will be periodically updating this section of the website.

Unit 1: Using the Verb "Be"

Perhaps the most important verb in the English language is the verb "To be." English speakers use this verb to express actions and states of being. This verb can be used in all three tenses (past, present, and future). This makes it a good starting point for beginners. But be careful, this verb gets more difficult to use and understand as you move into the later exercises.

Unit 2: Present Tense

The present tense is used to describe actions that habits or routines, actions that are in progress, and actions that have begun at some point in the past and continue through the present. It is also used to describe truths about the past, present, and future. This is one reason the present tense can be tricky - it is sometimes used to talk about the past and future, in addition to the present.

Unit 3: Past Tense

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Unit 4: Future Tense

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