1.6 Verb Tenses

You can practice conjugating many English verbs to increase your awareness of verb tenses. Use this format for the basic conjugation:

  • I laugh at Millie.
  • You laugh at Millie.
  • He/She/It laughs at Millie.
  • We laugh at Millie.
  • You laugh at Millie.
  • They laugh at Millie.

You can also practice completing these five forms of English. A mixture of tenses is used to show that you can practice the different forms with any tense.

Affirmative Usage

  • I play ball.
  • You play ball.
  • She plays ball.
  • We play ball.
  • You play ball.
  • They play ball

Negative Usage

  • I do not play ball.
  • You do not play ball.
  • She does not play ball.
  • We do not play ball.
  • You do not play ball.
  • They do not play ball.

Yes/No Questions

  • Do you play ball?
  • Does she play ball?
  • Do we play ball?
  • Do they play ball?

Short Answers

  • Yes, I do.
  • Yes, she does.
  • No, they do not.
  • No, you do not.

Wh- Questions

  • Who is she?
  • Where did you find it?
  • When are you coming?
  • Why won’t it work?
  • What are you going to do?

See Chapter 15 “Sentence Building”, Section 15.2 “Choosing Appropriate Verb Tenses” for an in-depth overview of verb tenses.

 


Adapted from Appendix A, “Writing for Nonnative English Speakers” in Writer’s Handbook v 1.0  used according to Creative Commons CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

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