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A Comprehensive Guide to Using Verb Tenses Properly in Writing

Main Verb Tenses Takeaways:

  • Verb tenses indicate whether an event is from the past, present, or future.
  • There are 12 verb tenses in the English language.
  • Auxiliary words follow most verb tenses.

Verb tenses clarify whether an event is from the past, present, or future. They give your audience a better understanding of when something happened. This guide will teach you about each type. Also, we’ve got some nifty formulas and a chart that you can use for future reference.

How Do You Identify a Verb in English?

Before we dive into verb tenses, let us first understand what a verb is and how you can identify it in a sentence. A verb is commonly defined as any word that shows action or a state of being. But is this the most helpful definition of a verb? Consider the example sentence below:

Making rash decisions to boost sales seems to work for the company.

Can you spot the action words in the sentence? You may say it’s “making” and “boost,” but are they verbs? Unfortunately, the verb in this sentence is not an action word, nor is it a state of being.

So, how can you identify the verb in a sentence? In order to do so, you need the working definition of a verb. Verbs tell the time of the sentence, and we refer to them as tenses.

For you to quickly find a verb, use some time words (past or future) like “last week” or “tomorrow.” Then, place your time word in front of your sentence and see which word changes. Let’s use our previous sentence:

(Last week)Making rash decisions to boost sales seems to work for the company.

The sentence doesn’t sound or look right. As you may have noticed, we need to change “seems” into “seemed.” In this case, “seems” is the verb we’re looking for because it indicates the sentence’s time.

Now that you know this simple trick let’s discuss what verb tenses are.

What are the English Verb Tenses?

In the English language, verb tenses express when an event occurs. We also use verb tenses to convey events from the past, present, or future. These verb tenses typically follow auxiliary words.

An auxiliary word is a helping word, often a verb, that enhances the underlying meaning of a clause’s main verb. Auxiliaries provide information about a verb’s tense. They can also express details about a mood, number, or person. Can, may, must, and will are examples of auxiliary words.

Verb tenses. A little boy labeled as past. A young man labeled as present. An old man labeled as future.
Verb tenses indicate whether an event is from the past, present, or future.

How Do You Use Verb Tenses?

Use verb tenses when you want to show when something has or will happen. Before choosing a tense, consider these tips:

  1. Know the correct way to express your verb in different tenses, such as adding -ed to a word.
  2. Also, avoid shifting tenses and remain consistent with verb tense usage.
  3. Pick the correct auxiliary words, such as will or have.

What are the 12 Tenses of the Verb?

There are 12 verb tenses in the English language:

  • Present Simple
  • Present Continuous
  • Present Perfect
  • Present Perfect Continuous
  • Past Simple
  • Past Continuous
  • Past Perfect
  • Past Perfect Continuous
  • Future Simple
  • Future Continuous
  • Future Perfect
  • Future Perfect Continuous

When paired with an auxiliary word, these tenses provide information about the primary verbs in your sentences.

Present continuous, present perfect, and present perfect continuous are tenses that express actions happening right now. Present simple indicates an action that occurs regularly, such as a daily commute to work.

Past simple, past continuous, past perfect, and past perfect continuous show actions that happened previously.

Meanwhile, future simple, future perfect, future continuous, and future perfect continuous tenses indicate an action that has not happened yet.

What is the Formula for All Tenses?

Most verb tenses follow a specific formula based on the tense you choose. Keep our handy guide bookmarked until you can easily identify or remember the formulas for verb tenses.

Note the verb form in parentheses in these formulas:

  • V1 is the base form of the verb (clean, shop, begin)
  • V2 is the past simple form of the verb (cleaned, shopped, began)
  • V3 is the past participle form of the verb (cleaned, shopped, begun)
Verb TenseFormulaExample
Present SimpleSubject + Verb (v1) + s/es I play music nearly every day.
Past SimpleSubject + Verb (v2) or irregular verbYesterday, I played an entire album.
Future SimpleSubject + will/shall + verb (v1)I will play as many albums as I can this month.
Present ContinuousSubject + is/am/are + Verb(+ing)I am playing The Offspring right now.
Past ContinuousSubject + was/were + Verb(+ing)I was playing Marshmello and Halsey last night.
Future ContinuousSubject + will be/shall be + verb(+ing)I will be playing My Chemical Romance after I download my favorite album.
Present PerfectSubject + Has/have + Verb (v3)I have played so many songs I can’t keep track.
Past PerfectSubject + had + Verb (v3)I had played at least 100 albums by the time I was 10.
Future PerfectSubject + will have + verb(v3)I will have played at least 1,000 songs by the time this year ends.
Present Perfect ContinuousSubject + Has/have + been + Verb(+ing)I have been playing music since I was a toddler.
Past Perfect ContinuousSubject + had + been + Verb(+ing)I had been playing for at least a year before my parents bought me my own iPod.
Future Perfect ContinuousSubject + will have been + verb(+ing)I will have been playing songs for at least 3 hours before practice tonight.
(Note: v1 = base form of the verb; v2 = past simple form of the verb; v3 = past participle form of the verb)
12 English Verb Tenses
12 English Verb Tenses


1. Simple Present Tense

Structure: Subject + Verb (v1) + es/es

eat fruit daily.
Alex cooks breakfast for his mom each morning.

2. Present Continuous Tense

Structure: Subject + is/am/are + Verb(+ing)

Bryson is eating dinner.
am studying biology.

3. Present Perfect Tense

Structure: Subject + Has/have + Verb (v3)

Skye has created this beautiful pattern.
have practiced my scrapbooking techniques.

4. Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Structure: Subject + Has/have + been + Verb(+ing)

have been tackling my project for the last week.
Linda has been visiting her mom here since 2015.
Present tense means here and now.
Present tense means that an action is happening at the moment.


5. Simple Past Tense

Structure: Subject + Verb (v2) or irregular verb

He learned several new words.
She ran down the path.

6. Past Continuous Tense

Structure: Subject + was/were + Verb(+ing)

She was reading a magazine.
was going to a restaurant for pancakes.

7. Past Perfect Tense

Structure: Subject + had + Verb (v3)

Jay had completed his online class.
Bella had finished her phone call.

8. Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Structure: Subject + had + been + Verb(+ing)

He had been studying his vocabulary words for the last hour.
Lucas had been playing golf since noon.
Past tense. What's done is done
Past tense means that an action happened in the past.


9. Simple Future Tense

Structure: Subject+ will/shall+ verb(v1)

shall go swimming in the pool.
He will walk 3 miles.

10. Future Continuous Tense

Structure: Subject + will be/shall be + verb(+ing)

Marcus will be practicing his trumpet.
We shall be watching a movie together.

11. Future Perfect Tense

Structure: Subject + will have + verb(v3)

She will have played tennis.
will have finished my project.

12. Future Perfect Continuous Tense

Structure: Subject + will have been + verb(+ing)

He will have been sitting in traffic for more than an hour by the time this wreck clears.
Sue will have been waiting in line for more than 15 minutes after the only cashier returns from her break.

Follow these guidelines and formulas, and you’ll never go wrong with your tenses again.

Future tense
Future tense means that an action is yet to happen.

Examples of Common Regular Verbs






will / shall abandon
will / shall act
will / shall abhor
will / shall beg
will / shall behave
will / shall compare
will / shall copy
will / shall disagree
will / shall dry
will / shall enjoy
will / shall entice
will / shall flow
will / shall follow
will / shall grab
will / shall guess
will / shall hug
will / shall hunt
will / shall identify
will / shall idolize
will / shall jag
will / shall jump
will / shall kick
will / shall knock
will / shall laugh
will / shall launch
will / shall magnify
will / shall mark
will / shall narrate
will / shall need
will / shall obey
will / shall oblige
will / shall order
will / shall pacify
will / shall pack
will / shall paint
will / shall sail
will / shall slow
will / shall tame
will / shall turn
will / shall use
will / shall usher
will / shall vacate
will / shall vaccinate
will / shall wait
will / shall walk
will / shall yank
will / shall yawn
will / shall yield
will / shall zip
will / shall zone

Present Perfect

has/have abandoned
has/have acted
has/have abhorred
has/have begged
has/have behaved
has/have compared
has/have copied
has/have disagreed
has/have dried
has/have enjoyed
has/have enticed
has/have flowed
has/have followed
has/have grabbed
has/have guessed
has/have hugged
has/have hunted
has/have identified
has/have idolized
has/have jagged
has/have jumped
has/have kicked
has/have knocked
has/have laughed
has/have launched
has/have magnified
has/have marked
has/have narrated
has/have needed
has/have obeyed
has/have obliged
has/have ordered
has/have pacified
has/have packed
has/have painted
has/have sailed
has/have slowed
has/have tamed
has/have turned
has/have used
has/have ushered
has/have vacated
has/have vaccinated
has/have waited
has/have walked
has/have yanked
has/have yawned
has/have yielded
has/have zipped
has/have zoned

Past Perfect

had abandoned
had acted
had abhorred
had begged
had behaved
had compared
had copied
had disagreed
had dried
had enjoyed
had enticed
had flowed
had followed
had grabbed
had guessed
had hugged
had hunted
had identified
had idolized
had jagged
had jumped
had kicked
had knocked
had laughed
had launched
had magnified
had marked
had narrated
had needed
had obeyed
had obliged
had ordered
had pacified
had packed
had painted
had sailed
had slowed
had tamed
had turned
had used
had ushered
had vacated
had vaccinated
had waited
had walked
had yanked
had yawned
had yielded
had zipped
had zoned

Future Perfect

will have abandoned
will have acted
will have abhorred
will have begged
will have behaved
will have compared
will have copied
will have disagreed
will have dried
will have enjoyed
will have enticed
will have flowed
will have followed
will have grabbed
will have guessed
will have hugged
will have hunted
will have identified
will have idolized
will have jagged
will have jumped
will have kicked
will have knocked
will have laughed
will have launched
will have magnified
will have marked
will have narrated
will have needed
will have obeyed
will have obliged
will have ordered
will have pacified
will have packed
will have painted
will have sailed
will have slowed
will have tamed
will have turned
will have used
will have ushered
will have vacated
will have vaccinated
will have waited
will have walked
will have yanked
will have yawned
will have yielded
will have zipped
will have zoned

Present Continuous

is/are/am abandoning
is/are/am acting
is/are/am abhoring
is/are/am begging
is/are/am behaving
is/are/am comparing
is/are/am copying
is/are/am disagreeing
is/are/am drying
is/are/am enjoying
is/are/am enticing
is/are/am flowing
is/are/am following
is/are/am grabbing
is/are/am guessing
is/are/am hugging
is/are/am hunting
is/are/am identifying
is/are/am idolizing
is/are/am jagging
is/are/am jumping
is/are/am kicking
is/are/am knocking
is/are/am laughing
is/are/am launching
is/are/am magnifying
is/are/am marking
is/are/am narrating
is/are/am needing
is/are/am obeying
is/are/am obliging
is/are/am ordering
is/are/am pacifying
is/are/am packing
is/are/am painting
is/are/am sailing
is/are/am slowing
is/are/am taming
is/are/am turning
is/are/am using
is/are/am ushering
is/are/am vacating
is/are/am vaccinating
is/are/am waiting
is/are/am walking
is/are/am yanking
is/are/am yawning
is/are/am yielding
is/are/am zipping
is/are/am zoning

Past Continuous

was/were abandoning
was/were acting
was/were abhoring
was/were begging
was/were behaving
was/were comparing
was/were copying
was/were disagreeing
was/were drying
was/were enjoying
was/were enticing
was/were flowing
was/were following
was/were grabbing
was/were guessing
was/were hugging
was/were hunting
was/were identifying
was/were idolizing
was/were jagging
was/were jumping
was/were kicking
was/were knocking
was/were laughing
was/were launching
was/were magnifying
was/were marking
was/were narrating
was/were needing
was/were obeying
was/were obliging
was/were ordering
was/were pacifying
was/were packing
was/were painting
was/were sailing
was/were slowing
was/were taming
was/were turning
was/were using
was/were ushering
was/were vacating
was/were vaccinating
was/were waiting
was/were walking
was/were yanking
was/were yawning
was/were yielding
was/were zipping
was/were zoning

Future Continuous

will be/shall be abandoning
will be/shall be acting
will be/shall be abhoring
will be/shall be begging
will be/shall be behaving
will be/shall be comparing
will be/shall be copying
will be/shall be disagreeing
will be/shall be drying
will be/shall be enjoying
will be/shall be enticing
will be/shall be flowing
will be/shall be following
will be/shall be grabbing
will be/shall be guessing
will be/shall be hugging
will be/shall be hunting
will be/shall be identifying
will be/shall be idolizing
will be/shall be jagging
will be/shall be jumping
will be/shall be kicking
will be/shall be knocking
will be/shall be laughing
will be/shall be launching
will be/shall be magnifying
will be/shall be marking
will be/shall be narrating
will be/shall be needing
will be/shall be obeying
will be/shall be obliging
will be/shall be ordering
will be/shall be pacifying
will be/shall be packing
will be/shall be painting
will be/shall be sailing
will be/shall be slowing
will be/shall be taming
will be/shall be turning
will be/shall be using
will be/shall be ushering
will be/shall be vacating
will be/shall be vaccinating
will be/shall be waiting
will be/shall be walking
will be/shall be yanking
will be/shall be yawning
will be/shall be yielding
will be/shall be zipping
will be/shall be zoning

Present Perfect Continuous

has/have been abandoning
has/have been acting
has/have been abhoring
has/have been begging
has/have been behaving
has/have been comparing
has/have been copying
has/have been disagreeing
has/have been drying
has/have been enjoying
has/have been enticing
has/have been flowing
has/have been following
has/have been grabbing
has/have been guessing
has/have been hugging
has/have been hunting
has/have been identifying
has/have been idolizing
has/have been jagging
has/have been jumping
has/have been kicking
has/have been knocking
has/have been laughing
has/have been launching
has/have been magnifying
has/have been marking
has/have been narrating
has/have been needing
has/have been obeying
has/have been obliging
has/have been ordering
has/have been pacifying
has/have been packing
has/have been painting
has/have been sailing
has/have been slowing
has/have been taming
has/have been turning
has/have been using
has/have been ushering
has/have been vacating
has/have been vaccinating
has/have been waiting
has/have been walking
has/have been yanking
has/have been yawning
has/have been yielding
has/have been zipping
has/have been zoning

Past Perfect Continuous

had been abandoning
had been acting
had been abhoring
had been begging
had been behaving
had been comparing
had been copying
had been disagreeing
had been drying
had been enjoying
had been enticing
had been flowing
had been following
had been grabbing
had been guessing
had been hugging
had been hunting
had been identifying
had been idolizing
had been jagging
had been jumping
had been kicking
had been knocking
had been laughing
had been launching
had been magnifying
had been marking
had been narrating
had been needing
had been obeying
had been obliging
had been ordering
had been pacifying
had been packing
had been painting
had been sailing
had been slowing
had been taming
had been turning
had been using
had been ushering
had been vacating
had been vaccinating
had been waiting
had been walking
had been yanking
had been yawning
had been yielding
had been zipping
had been zoning

Future Perfect Continuous

will have been abandoning
will have been acting
will have been abhoring
will have been begging
will have been behaving
will have been comparing
will have been copying
will have been disagreeing
will have been drying
will have been enjoying
will have been enticing
will have been flowing
will have been following
will have been grabbing
will have been guessing
will have been hugging
will have been hunting
will have been identifying
will have been idolizing
will have been jagging
will have been jumping
will have been kicking
will have been knocking
will have been laughing
will have been launching
will have been magnifying
will have been marking
will have been narrating
will have been needing
will have been obeying
will have been obliging
will have been ordering
will have been pacifying
will have been packing
will have been painting
will have been sailing
will have been slowing
will have been taming
will have been turning
will have been using
will have been ushering
will have been vacating
will have been vaccinating
will have been waiting
will have been walking
will have been yanking
will have been yawning
will have been yielding
will have been zipping
will have been zoning

Examples of Common Irregular Verbs






will / shall arise
will / shall bear
will / shall beat
will / shall beget
will / shall begin
will / shall choose
will / shall cling
will / shall cost
will / shall cut
will / shall do
will / shall draw
will / shall drink
will / shall drive
will / shall eat
will / shall fall
will / shall feed
will / shall fight
will / shall fling
will / shall fly
will / shall get
will / shall give
will / shall go
will / shall grow
will / shall hang
will / shall hide
will / shall hold
will / shall keep
will / shall know
will / shall lay
will / shall lead
will / shall lie
will / shall light
will / shall make
will / shall mean
will / shall pay
will / shall prove
will / shall quit
will / shall read
will / shall ride
will / shall say
will / shall see
will / shall shrink
will / shall sleep
will / shall take
will / shall teach
will / shall wake
will / shall wear
will / shall weep

Present Perfect

has / have arisen
has / have born
has / have beaten
has / have begotten
has / have begun
has / have chosen
has / have clung
has / have cost
has / have cut
has / have done
has / have drawn
has / have drunk
has / have driven
has / have eaten
has / have fallen
has / have fed
has / have fought
has / have flung
has / have flown
has / have gotten
has / have given
has / have gone
has / have grown
has / have hung
has / have hidden
has / have held
has / have kept
has / have known
has / have laid
has / have led
has / have lain
has / have lit
has / have made
has / have meant
has / have paid
has / have proven
has / have quit
has / have read
has / have ridden
has / have said
has / have seen
has / have shrunk
has / have slept
has / have taken
has / have taught
has / have woken
has / have worn
has / have wept

Past Perfect

had arisen
had born
had beaten
had begotten
had begun
had chosen
had clung
had cost
had cut
had done
had drawn
had drunk
had driven
had eaten
had fallen
had fed
had fought
had flung
had flown
had gotten
had given
had gone
had grown
had hung
had hidden
had held
had kept
had known
had laid
had led
had lain
had lit
had made
had meant
had paid
had proven
had quit
had read
had ridden
had said
had seen
had shrunk
had slept
had taken
had taught
had woken
had worn
had wept

Future Perfect

will have arisen
will have born
will have beaten
will have begotten
will have begun
will have chosen
will have clung
will have cost
will have cut
will have done
will have drawn
will have drunk
will have driven
will have eaten
will have fallen
will have fed
will have fought
will have flung
will have flown
will have gotten
will have given
will have gone
will have grown
will have hung
will have hidden
will have held
will have kept
will have known
will have laid
will have led
will have lain
will have lit
will have made
will have meant
will have paid
will have proven
will have quit
will have read
will have ridden
will have said
will have seen
will have shrunk
will have slept
will have taken
will have taught
will have woken
will have worn
will have wept

Present Continuous

is / are / am arising
is / are / am bearing
is / are / am beating
is / are / am begetting
is / are / am beginning
is / are / am choosing
is / are / am clinging
is / are / am costing
is / are / am cutting
is / are / am doing
is / are / am drawing
is / are / am drinking
is / are / am driving
is / are / am eating
is / are / am falling
is / are / am feeding
is / are / am fighting
is / are / am flinging
is / are / am flying
is / are / am getting
is / are / am giving
is / are / am going
is / are / am growing
is / are / am hanging
is / are / am hiding
is / are / am holding
is / are / am keeping
is / are / am knowing
is / are / am laying
is / are / am leading
is / are / am lying
is / are / am lighting
is / are / am making
is / are / am meaning
is / are / am paying
is / are / am proving
is / are / am quitting
is / are / am reading
is / are / am riding
is / are / am saying
is / are / am seeing
is / are / am shrinking
is / are / am sleeping
is / are / am taking
is / are / am teaching
is / are / am waking
is / are / am wearing
is / are / am weeping

Past Continuous

was / were arising
was / were bearing
was / were beating
was / were begetting
was / were beginning
was / were choosing
was / were clinging
was / were costing
was / were cutting
was / were doing
was / were drawing
was / were drinking
was / were driving
was / were eating
was / were falling
was / were feeding
was / were fighting
was / were flinging
was / were flying
was / were getting
was / were giving
was / were going
was / were growing
was / were hanging
was / were hiding
was / were holding
was / were keeping
was / were knowing
was / were laying
was / were leading
was / were lying
was / were lighting
was / were making
was / were meaning
was / were paying
was / were proving
was / were quitting
was / were reading
was / were riding
was / were saying
was / were seeing
was / were shrinking
was / were sleeping
was / were taking
was / were teaching
was / were waking
was / were wearing
was / were weeping

Future Continuous

will be/shall be arising
will be/shall be bearing
will be/shall be beating
will be/shall be begetting
will be/shall be beginning
will be/shall be choosing
will be/shall be clinging
will be/shall be costing
will be/shall be cutting
will be/shall be doing
will be/shall be drawing
will be/shall be drinking
will be/shall be driving
will be/shall be eating
will be/shall be falling
will be/shall be feeding
will be/shall be fighting
will be/shall be flinging
will be/shall be flying
will be/shall be getting
will be/shall be giving
will be/shall be going
will be/shall be growing
will be/shall be hanging
will be/shall be hiding
will be/shall be holding
will be/shall be keeping
will be/shall be knowing
will be/shall be laying
will be/shall be leading
will be/shall be lying
will be/shall be lighting
will be/shall be making
will be/shall be meaning
will be/shall be paying
will be/shall be proving
will be/shall be quitting
will be/shall be reading
will be/shall be riding
will be/shall be saying
will be/shall be seeing
will be/shall be shrinking
will be/shall be sleeping
will be/shall be taking
will be/shall be teaching
will be/shall be waking
will be/shall be wearing
will be/shall be weeping

Present Perfect Continuous

has/have been arising
has/have been bearing
has/have been beating
has/have been begetting
has/have been beginning
has/have been choosing
has/have been clinging
has/have been costing
has/have been cutting
has/have been doing
has/have been drawing
has/have been drinking
has/have been driving
has/have been eating
has/have been falling
has/have been feeding
has/have been fighting
has/have been flinging
has/have been flying
has/have been getting
has/have been giving
has/have been going
has/have been growing
has/have been hanging
has/have been hiding
has/have been holding
has/have been keeping
has/have been knowing
has/have been laying
has/have been leading
has/have been lying
has/have been lighting
has/have been making
has/have been meaning
has/have been paying
has/have been proving
has/have been quitting
has/have been reading
has/have been riding
has/have been saying
has/have been seeing
has/have been shrinking
has/have been sleeping
has/have been taking
has/have been teaching
has/have been waking
has/have been wearing
has/have been weeping

Past Perfect Continuous

had been arising
had been bearing
had been beating
had been begetting
had been beginning
had been choosing
had been clinging
had been costing
had been cutting
had been doing
had been drawing
had been drinking
had been driving
had been eating
had been falling
had been feeding
had been fighting
had been flinging
had been flying
had been getting
had been giving
had been going
had been growing
had been hanging
had been hiding
had been holding
had been keeping
had been knowing
had been laying
had been leading
had been lying
had been lighting
had been making
had been meaning
had been paying
had been proving
had been quitting
had been reading
had been riding
had been saying
had been seeing
had been shrinking
had been sleeping
had been taking
had been teaching
had been waking
had been wearing
had been weeping

Future Perfect Continuous

will have been arising
will have been bearing
will have been beating
will have been begetting
will have been beginning
will have been choosing
will have been clinging
will have been costing
will have been cutting
will have been doing
will have been drawing
will have been drinking
will have been driving
will have been eating
will have been falling
will have been feeding
will have been fighting
will have been flinging
will have been flying
will have been getting
will have been giving
will have been going
will have been growing
will have been hanging
will have been hiding
will have been holding
will have been keeping
will have been knowing
will have been laying
will have been leading
will have been lying
will have been lighting
will have been making
will have been meaning
will have been paying
will have been proving
will have been quitting
will have been reading
will have been riding
will have been saying
will have been seeing
will have been shrinking
will have been sleeping
will have been taking
will have been teaching
will have been waking
will have been wearing
will have been weeping

How Well do you Know the Verb Tenses now?

Verb Tenses Question #1

Which statement is correct?

Please select 2 correct answers

Correct! Oops! That's incorrect.

The answers are A and C. Verb tenses express when an event occurs and can convey whether an event is from the past, present, or future.

Verbs Question #2

Have, had, has, and will are _____ verbs.
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The answer is A. Helping verbs enhance the underlying meaning of a sentence’s main verb.

Tenses of Verb Question #3

There are ten verb tenses in the English Language.
Correct! Oops! That's incorrect.

The answer is FALSE. There are 12 verb tenses in the English Language.

Verb Tense Question #4

Which of these does NOT indicate an action that has not happened?
Correct! Oops! That's incorrect.

The answer is C. Present simple tense can indicate an event that occurs regularly.

Present Perfect Question #5

Which sentence uses the present perfect tense?
Correct! Oops! That's incorrect.

The answer is B. The formula for present perfect tense is has/have + the past participle form of the verb.

Tenses Question #6

Which of these is NOT a verb tense?
Correct! Oops! That's incorrect.

The answer is C. Present simple tense can indicate an event that occurs regularly.

Read More: How To Use The Past Perfect Tense Of A Verb In A Sentence

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    Abhishek Kapoor July 16 at 11:56 am GMT

    Thanks for sharing, quite helpful and informative

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    Bert Peterson October 28 at 2:00 am GMT

    I like the examples of past tenses

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      Krista Grace Morris October 28 at 10:42 am GMT

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    Thanks for sharing 😊

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    MUHAMMAD AYYAN ASIF Stargate Campus February 26 at 7:41 pm GMT

    I like these questions because they improve my english

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    Thanks for sharing, it was a helpful article

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    Zahra Rauf March 16 at 3:00 pm GMT

    thank you so much for explaining this so well. I am a teenager but still i never understood tenses which made it really hard for me and this post was like the BEST. THANKS AGAIN.3

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    Zahra Rauf March 16 at 3:06 pm GMT

    Can i know what does es/es means?

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      Pam Weber Author March 22 at 5:56 pm GMT

      Zahra, great catch! The correct version is s/es, and we’ve updated our article to reflect this. The meaning of s/es is they are verb endings for present simple tense. So, for example, live would become: lives. He lives for chocolate! Or, instead of saying pass, it would become: passes. She passes the book to her friend. Hope this clarifies things. Thanks for stopping by!

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    Alka Patel March 31 at 1:36 pm GMT

    Could I know whare hi past participate verb example regular and irregular both

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      Pam Weber Author April 05 at 7:36 pm GMT

      Hi Alka! There are several regular and irregular verbs shown in the past participle tense in the charts in this post. We have used v3 to denote the past participle form. Thanks for your question and stopping by! 🙂

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    parth parth May 02 at 2:02 pm GMT

    This is 99.9%wrong
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    i like these quiz most.

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    Give another examples of future perfect continuous tense..

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