Learn English tenses the easy way! Our friendly guide has a clear chart that explains each tense with simple rules, examples, and formulas. Understand past, present, and future tenses without any confusion, and start using them confidently in daily life.
|Simple Present||Regular actions, habits, or facts||Subject + V1(s/es)||I work / He works|
|Present Continuous||Ongoing actions at the time of speaking||Subject + am/is/are + V1-ing||I am working / She is working|
|Present Perfect||Completed actions with a connection to present||Subject + has/have + V3||I have worked / They have worked|
|Present P. Cont.||Ongoing actions that started in the past||Subject + has/have + been + V1-ing||I have been working / We have been working|
|Simple Past||Completed actions in the past||Subject + V2||I worked / They worked|
|Past Continuous||Ongoing actions at a specific time in the past||Subject + was/were + V1-ing||I was working / They were working|
|Past Perfect||Actions completed before another past action||Subject + had + V3||I had worked / They had worked|
|Past P. Cont.||Ongoing actions before a specific past time||Subject + had + been + V1-ing||I had been working / They had been working|
|Simple Future||Actions that will happen in the future||Subject + will + V1||I will work / She will work|
|Future Continuous||Ongoing actions at a specific time in future||Subject + will + be + V1-ing||I will be working / They will be working|
|Future Perfect||Actions completed before a specific future time||Subject + will + have + V3||I will have worked / They will have worked|
|Future P. Cont.||Ongoing actions before a specific future time||Subject + will + have + been + V1-ing||I will have been working / They will have been working|
All Tenses used in Sentences
- Simple Present Tense Structure: Subject + V1(s/es)
- I read a book every day.
- She watches TV in the evenings.
- He drinks coffee before work.
- They play soccer on weekends.
- We cook dinner together.
- Sarah writes emails to her colleagues.
- John walks to school every morning.
- The sun rises in the east.
- Cats like to sleep in warm places.
- He brushes his teeth twice a day.
- Simple Past Tense Structure: Subject + V2
- I read a book yesterday.
- She watched TV last night.
- He drank coffee this morning.
- They played soccer last weekend.
- We cooked dinner together last week.
- Sarah wrote an email to her colleague.
- John walked to school yesterday morning.
- The sun set in the west last evening.
- The cat slept on the chair last night.
- He brushed his teeth before bedtime.
- Simple Future Tense Structure: Subject + will + V1
- I will read a book tomorrow.
- She will watch TV tonight.
- He will drink coffee with breakfast.
- They will play soccer next weekend.
- We will cook dinner together next week.
- Sarah will write an email to her colleague tomorrow.
- John will walk to school tomorrow morning.
- The sun will rise in the east tomorrow.
- The cat will sleep on the chair tonight.
- He will brush his teeth before bedtime tonight.
- Present Continuous Tense Structure: Subject + am/is/are + V1-ing
- I am reading a book right now.
- She is watching TV in the living room.
- He is drinking coffee at the café.
- They are playing soccer at the park.
- We are cooking dinner together this evening.
- Sarah is writing an email to her colleague.
- John is walking to school at the moment.
- The sun is setting in the west.
- The cat is sleeping on the chair.
- He is brushing his teeth in the bathroom.
- Past Continuous Tense Structure: Subject + was/were + V1-ing
- I was reading a book when the phone rang.
- She was watching TV when the power went out.
- He was drinking coffee when his friend arrived.
- They were playing soccer when it started to rain.
- We were cooking dinner when the doorbell rang.
- Sarah was writing an email when her computer crashed.
- John was walking to school when he saw a dog.
- The sun was setting when we left the beach.
- The cat was sleeping when the noise woke it up.
- He was brushing his teeth when he heard a knock on the door.
- Future Continuous Tense Structure: Subject + will be + V1-ing
- I will be reading a book when you arrive.
- She will be watching TV when you call her.
- He will be drinking coffee when we meet him.
- They will be playing soccer when we reach the park.
- We will be cooking dinner when you get home.
- Sarah will be writing an email when you visit her office.
- John will be walking to school when you pass by.
- The sun will be setting when we leave work.
- The cat will be sleeping when you come home.
- He will be brushing his teeth when you knock on his door.
- Present Perfect Tense Structure: Subject + has/have + V3
- I have read the entire book.
- She has watched the latest episode.
- He has finished his coffee.
- They have won three soccer matches.
- We have cooked dinner for the family.
- Sarah has sent the email to her colleague.
- John has walked 5 miles today.
- The sun has set and it’s getting dark.
- The cat has eaten its food.
- He has brushed his teeth after dinner.
- Past Perfect Tense Structure: Subject + had + V3
- I had read the book before the movie came out.
- She had watched the episode before we discussed it.
- He had finished his coffee before leaving the house.
- They had played soccer before it started raining.
- We had cooked dinner before the guests arrived.
- Sarah had written the email before the meeting.
- John had walked 5 miles before lunchtime.
- The sun had set before we reached home.
- The cat had eaten before we gave it more food.
- He had brushed his teeth before going to bed.
- Future Perfect Tense Structure: Subject + will have + V3
- I will have read the book by the end of the week.
- She will have watched the entire series by next month.
- He will have finished his coffee before leaving.
- They will have played soccer before it gets dark.
- We will have cooked dinner before the guests arrive.
- Sarah will have written the email by tomorrow.
- John will have walked 5 miles by lunchtime.
- The sun will have set by the time we reach home.
- The cat will have eaten by the time we return.
- He will have brushed his teeth before going to bed tonight.
- Present Perfect Continuous Tense Structure: Subject + has/have + been + V1-ing
- I have been reading this book for two hours.
- She has been watching TV since I arrived.
- He has been drinking coffee all morning.
- They have been playing soccer for an hour.
- We have been cooking dinner for the past 30 minutes.
- Sarah has been writing emails since she got to work.
- John has been walking since he left home.
- The sun has been shining all day.
- The cat has been sleeping for hours.
- He has been brushing his teeth for a while.
- Past Perfect Continuous Tense Structure: Subject + had been + V1-ing
- I had been reading the book for an hour when she called.
- She had been watching TV when the power went out.
- He had been drinking coffee when I arrived.
- They had been playing soccer when it started to rain.
- We had been cooking dinner when the doorbell rang.
- Sarah had been writing emails when her computer froze.
- John had been walking when he found the lost wallet.
- The sun had been shining before the clouds appeared.
- The cat had been sleeping when the noise startled it.
- He had been brushing his teeth when the phone rang.
- Future Perfect Continuous Tense Structure: Subject + will have been + V1-ing
- I will have been reading for two hours by the time you arrive.
- She will have been watching TV for an hour when you call.
- He will have been drinking coffee for a while when we meet.
- They will have been playing soccer for an hour when we join them.
- We will have been cooking dinner for 30 minutes when you get home.
- Sarah will have been writing emails for two hours by the time you see her.
- John will have been walking for an hour when you catch up with him.
- The sun will have been shining for hours by the time we go outside.
- The cat will have been sleeping for a long time when we return.
- He will have been brushing his teeth for a while when you knock on the door.