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Verb Tenses

Understanding verb tenses is critical because verb tenses are used to show when a verb took place. So, if you use the wrong verb, it makes your writing very confusing.

So, I’m going to look at four verb tenses I have written up here on the board. First one is the past tense, then we have the present tense, the future tense, and the past participle tense.

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Mini-test: Verb Tenses 

1. What does the tense of a verb indicate?
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2. How is the tense of a verb shown?
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So, I want to look at two verbs, and see what they would look like in the different tenses. So, first, we have the past tense. Think about the verb “walk“. What would be the past tense of the verb “walk“? It would be “walked“.

So, even if I didn’t have all this other stuff about verb tenses written up here on the board, and we just had the verb “walked“, anyone could look at that, and know that means that it happened in the past.

He walked.”

He walked down the street.”

That verb right there is indicating that he walked in the past.

Alright. Let’s look at the present tense of the verb “walked“. It would be the verb “walks“. Now, present tense means that’s whatever is happening is occurring now.

Now, it doesn’t always mean that it’s happening right now. So, like, think about the verb “walks“. If we say:

He walks to school.”

That doesn’t necessarily mean that he is walking on the road right now headed to school. It just means that every day, currently, he walks to school.

Let’s look at the future tense. It will be “will walk“. That’s the future tense of the verb “walk“.

He will walk down the street.”

Again, you can just look at “will walk” and know that means something will happen in the future.

Past participle is used to show that something happened in the past before something else happened.

So, it’s going to be similar to the past tense, but just a little bit different. We’re actually going to add what’s called an auxiliary verb, or a helping verb, which is the verb “has“. So, we’re going to say “has walked“.

So, up here, we would just say:

He walked down the street.”

Now, we’re saying:

He has walked down the street.”

It’s showing that happened in the past before something else happened.

Now, let’s look at one more verb. How about the verb “do“? So, the past would be “did“,
as in: “He did that.” The present tense would be “does“, as in: “He does that.” The future tense would be “will do“. “He will do that.” And the past participle would be “has done“, as in: “He has done that.”

So, again, it’s critical that you understand verb tenses, and that you’ll apply what you know about verb tenses to use the correct verb tense in all of your writing.

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