In order to become a fluent English speaker, it’s a good idea to practice the twelve tenses of English verbs until you can use them automatically. Let’s never forget that the purpose of practice is to make a skill automatic. Now that we remember that, what’s the best way to practice the twelve English tenses?
I like to use signals, or what I call cues to signal what each tense means. For example, for the present tense, I use the cue, “Today” to start my practice sentence: “Today, I walk.” Got it? Good. Let’s go.
1. Present Tense
Today, I walk.
2. Past Tense
Yesterday, I walked.
3. Future Tense
Tomorrow, I will walk.
4. Present Perfect Tense
In my life, I have walked.
5. Past Perfect Tense
Before yesterday, I had walked.
6. Future Perfect Tense
By tomorrow, I will have walked.
7. Present Continuous Tense (Present Progressive Tense)\
Right now, I am walking.
8. Past Continuous Tense
During yesterday’s parade, I was walking.
9. Future Continuous Tense
During tomorrow’s parade, I will be walking.
10. Present Perfect Continuous Tense
Lately, I have been walking.
11. Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Until yesterday, I had been walking.
12. Future Perfect Continuous Tense
By next week, I will have been walking.
by John DePonte