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What
is
Verb
Tense?
Verb
tense
conveys
time.
Verbs
show
tense
(time)
by
changing
form.
Simple
tenses
divide
time
into
present,
past,
and
future.
The
present
tense
describes
what
happens
regularly,
what
takes
place
in
the
present,
and
what
is
consistently
or
generally
true.
The
past
tense
tells
of
an
action
completed
or
a
condition
ended.
The
future
tense
indicates
action
yet
to
be
taken
or
a
condition
not
yet
experienced.
Rick
wants
to
speak
Spanish
fluently.
(present
tense)
Rick
wanted
to
improve
rapidly.
(past
tense)
Rick
will
want
to
progress
even
further
next
year.
(future
tense)
SIMPLE
TENSES
Regular
Verb
Irregular
Verb
Progressive
Form
Present
I
talk.
I
eat.
I
am
talking.
I
am
eating.
Past
I
talked.
I
ate.
I
was
talking.
I
was
eating.
Future
I
will
talk.
I
will
eat.
I
will
be
talking.
I
will
be
eating.
*
TUTOR
TIP:
It
is
important
to
remember
that
while
you
are
writing
a
paper,
the
verb
tense
needs
to
stay
consistent
throughout
the
work.
Shannon
Rybak,
Writing
Center
Tutor
WRITINGCENTER.NewHandouts.WhatisVerbTense.CFS.06.23.10
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