Verb Tense List & Flashcards

Verb Tense List & Flashcards
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Past participle
A verb in the past tense (often ending in -ed or -d), that is joined with the word 'have' in perfect tenses (example: She has practiced all day).
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Future perfect tense

Future tense of have + past participle (example: Cleo will have meowed for 10 minutes, until 7pm when she will be fed).

An event will have taken place by a specific time or event.

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Past perfect tense

Past tense of have + past participle of verb (example: Cleo had meowed, then she started purring).

Shows that something happened prior to another thing happening.

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Present perfect tense

Present tense of have + past participle of verb (example: Cleo has meowed).

Shows that something just happened or is continuing to happen.

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Future tense
A verb tense that shows that something is going to happen in the future (example: Cleo will meow).
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Past tense
A verb tense that shows that something happened already (example: Cleo meowed).
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Present tense
A verb tense that shows that something is happening now (example: Cleo meows).
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Verb tense
The form a verb takes which indicates when something is taking place (if it happens now, happened then, or will happen next).
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Verb
A type of word that shows action or something that is happening ('running', 'laughing', 'being').
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Flashcard Content Overview

Although it is very common to make mistakes with verb tense in writing, it is something we want to avoid whenever possible! This set of flashcards is designed to help you identify common problems in verb tense. It reviews some of the most common verb tenses (simple and perfect) to help you readily identify which verb tense is being used and whether it is consistent with other verbs in a sentence. Review these flashcards to practice recognizing verb tenses and to ensure that they are used consistently and correctly in your own writing.

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Verb
A type of word that shows action or something that is happening ('running', 'laughing', 'being').
Verb tense
The form a verb takes which indicates when something is taking place (if it happens now, happened then, or will happen next).
Present tense
A verb tense that shows that something is happening now (example: Cleo meows).
Past tense
A verb tense that shows that something happened already (example: Cleo meowed).
Future tense
A verb tense that shows that something is going to happen in the future (example: Cleo will meow).
Present perfect tense

Present tense of have + past participle of verb (example: Cleo has meowed).

Shows that something just happened or is continuing to happen.

Past perfect tense

Past tense of have + past participle of verb (example: Cleo had meowed, then she started purring).

Shows that something happened prior to another thing happening.

Future perfect tense

Future tense of have + past participle (example: Cleo will have meowed for 10 minutes, until 7pm when she will be fed).

An event will have taken place by a specific time or event.

Past participle
A verb in the past tense (often ending in -ed or -d), that is joined with the word 'have' in perfect tenses (example: She has practiced all day).

Identify the verb tense:

She studies.

Present tense

Identify the verb tense:

She studied.

Past tense

Identify the verb tense:

She will study.

Future tense

Identify the verb tense:

She has studied.

Present perfect tense

Identify the verb tense:

She had studied.

Past perfect tense

Identify the verb tense:

She will have studied.

Future perfect tense

The verbs in this sentence are _____ (consistent/inconsistent) with each other:

Erica laughs and played with her friends.

Inconsistent - Laughs is present tense and played is past tense.

Identify the error in this sentence:

Erica will have plays in the sandbox all afternoon.

It should say 'Erica will have played'.

The future perfect tense is formed using 'will have' + a past participle.

The verbs in this sentence are _____ (consistent/inconsistent) with each other:

At lunchtime, Tyrone eats his sandwich and drank his Coke.

Inconsistent - Eats is present tense, and drank is past tense. They should both be in present tense OR both be in past tense.

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