Tense for Kids in English

Tense

The Tense is derived from the Latin word “Tempus”, which means time.

Tense is the form of a verb that shows the time of an action or event.

Tense shows action or event that may have taken place in the past or it may take place in the present or future.

Three Kinds of Tense

  • Past Tense
  • Present Tense
  • Future Tense

Yesterday was Past Tense,   Today is Present Tense,   Tomorrow will be Future Tense

Each tense has four kinds

  • Simple
  • Continuous or progressive
  • Perfect
  • Perfect continuous

Present tense has four kinds

  • Simple Present Tense
  • Present Continuous Tense or Present Progressive Tense.
  • Present Perfect Tense
  • Present Perfect Continuous Tense
  • Simple Present Tense

It is used to indicate an action or an event in the Present time.

It is used to denote habitual or usual actions; daily events, and universal facts.

For example – I brush my teeth daily morning. – this sentence shows the habitual action of brushing daily.

Sentence Structure – subject + verb with s/es + object

                                        She           eats                  mango.

Present Continuous Tense or Present Progressive Tense.

It is used to indicate an ongoing action or an event at the present time that takes place while speaking.  

For example – I am doing yoga.  In this sentence action of doing yoga is ongoing

Sentence Structure – subject + is/are/am + verb with ING + object.

                                        He             is                   Playing             Football.

Present Perfect Tense

It is used to indicate an action or an event completed in the near past.

For example – He has finished his homework.

Sentence Structure – Subject + has/have + past participle of verb + object.

My mother has           cooked                        the dinner

Present Perfect Continuous Tense

It is used to indicate an ongoing action or event which started in past and is continuing now.

For example – He has been walking. In this sentence, the man started walking in past and still walking.

Sentence Structure – subject + has been/have been + verb with ING + object  

                                       She           has been                        singing             a song.


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