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Verb Tenses. The tense of verbs – doing or being words – tell us when things happen:. Things that happened yesterday are in the past tense:. Things that happen today are in the present tense:. Things that happen tomorrow are in the future tense:. I will be. reveal. I was.

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Verb Tenses

The tense of verbs – doing or being words – tell us when things happen:

Things that happened yesterday are in the past tense:

Things that happen today are in the present tense:

Things that happen tomorrow are in the future tense:

I will be

reveal

I was

reveal

I am

reveal

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Verb Tenses

The man ………………….. away yesterday.

ran

runs

will run

X

X

Which word in the main sentence tells you when the man was running?

yesterday

reveal

This ‘trigger word’ helps you choose the tense of the verb.

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Verb Tenses

ran

The man ………………….. away yesterday.

runs

will run

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Verb Tenses

jump

reveal

Let’s on the trampoline!

jump or jumped?

NOT ‘jamp’

What’s the ‘trigger’? Which word or words tell you when the jumping happened?

Let’s (let us) = happening now.

reveal

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Verb Tenses

found

reveal

I the buried treasure last week!

Look for the trigger word(s).

When was the treasure discovered?

found / find / will find ?

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Look for the trigger words!

When the event takes place will tell you which tense to choose.

Verb Tenses

We to the beach tomorrow!

will go

reveal

went / go / will go ?

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Verb Tenses

To work out which tense of the verb you need, ask yourself, ‘When is this event taking place?’