Comparing Tenses

EXERCISES TOPICS COVERED
Verb Tense Exercise 1 Simple Present and Present Continuous

simple present=usually
present continuous/present progressive = now in progress
*Note – use simple present even when you mean now if the verb is a nonaction verb.

Verb Tense Exercise 2 Simple Present and Present Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 3 Simple Past and Past Continuous

Simple past events happened one time or immediately and then stopped.  Past continuous/past progressive needs something in progress, a continual action at that time or when that interruption occurred.

Verb Tense Exercise 4 Simple Past and Past Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 5 Simple Past and Present Perfect

Past is done and finished.
Present perfect is up to now and maybe not finished.
*watch out – we use present perfect for finished actions when we don’t say when they happened.  I’ve seen the movie before.  I don’t say when. It’s also possible I might see it again sometime.

Verb Tense Exercise 6 Simple Past and Present Perfect
Verb Tense Exercise 7 Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous

Present perfect is up to now and possibly repeatedly, but not continually.  If you want to stress that it is continual with no breaks at all, use present perfect continuous.

Verb Tense Exercise 8 Present Perfect and Present Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 9 Present Continuous and Present Perfect Continuous
Verb Tense Exercise 10 Present Continuous and Present Perfect Continuous
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