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VERB TENSES

The verb tenses shown here are the ones you will find in
your preparatory years. There are other verb tenses, but
you do not have to learn them now. They are not shown
here.

See also SPELLING TIPS and IRREGULAR VERBS.

PRESENT FORMS

Present simple

The verb be Other verbs


I am I walk
you are you walk
he / she / it is he / she / it walks
we are we walk
they are they walk

Present continuous

Use the present simple tense of the helping verb be and


the present participle.

The verb be Other verbs


I am being I am walking
you are being you are walking
he / she / it is being he / she / it is walking
we are being we are walking
they are being they are walking

PAST FORMS

Past simple

The verb be Regular verbs


I was I walked
you were you walked
he / she / it was he / she / it walked
we were we walked
they were they walked

Past continuous

Use the past simple tense of the helping verb be and


the present participle.

The verb be Other verbs


I was being I was walking
you were being you were walking
he / she / it was being he / she / it was walking
we were being we walk were walking
they were being they were walking

Present perfect simple

Use the present simple tense of the helping verb have and
the past participle.

The verb be Regular verbs


I have been I have walked
you have been you have walked
he / she / it has been he / she / it has walked
we have been we walk have walked
they have been they have walked

Present perfect continuous

Use the present perfect of the helping verb have and


the present participle.

The verb be Other verbs


I have been being I have been walking
you have been being you have been walking
he / she / it has been being he / she / it has been walking
we have been being we have been walking
they have been being they have been walking

Past perfect simple

Use the past simple tense of the helping verb have and
the past participle.
The verb be Regular verbs
I had been I had walked
you had been you had walked
he / she / it had been he / she / it had walked
we had been we had walked
they had been they had walked

FUTURE FORMS

The future is formed with be going to or will and the


simple form of the verb. Sometimes the present simple or
the present continuous is used with a future meaning.

The verb be Other verbs


I am going to be I am going to walk
you are going to be you are going to walk
he / she / it is going to be he / she / it is going to walk
we are going to be we are going to walk
they are going to be they are going walk

The verb be Other verbs


I will be I will walk
you will be you will walk
he / she / it will be he / she / it will walk
we will be we will walk
they will be they will walk