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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Tense?
A tense is a grammatical category that locates a situation in time, to indicate when the situation takes place. Some typical tenses are present, past, and future. Tense can make finer distinctions than simple past-present-future; past tenses for example can cover general past, immediate past, or distant past, with the only difference between them being the distance on the timeline between the temporal reference points. Such distinctions are not precise: an event may be described in the remote past because it feels remote to the speaker, not because a set number of days have passed since it happened; it may also be remote because it is being contrasted with another, more recent, past event. This is similar to other forms of deixis such as this and that.
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Learners spend a lot of time studying different tenses so Busy Teacher has collected 3,557 excellent worksheets on tenses and even sorted them into subcategories to make your search for the perfect worksheet even easier. Many teachers have devoted preparation time to this topic so that you do not have to. It is hard to choose a worksheet to examine but here is one that seems to be quite popular. The board game is designed to be a review of tenses and can therefore be used in any class. Students play the game in groups and must make a new sentence every turn. Other worksheets focus on specific tenses so one of them may be more appropriate if you are not currently in a review stage.
Where to begin? There are a lot of tenses that students need to learn during the course of their English studies. Their native language may determine how difficult students find this particular topic. Some languages are more similar to English than others and students who speak those languages will therefore have an easier time in your class. Tenses are almost always taught in the same order. Beginners start with present simple before learning the simple past and then simple future. As students progress they are introduced to more and more tenses until they have mastered them all.

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What Do You Do Everyday?

What Do You Do Everyday?

You can use this worksheet to help students to internalize the simple present rules, in both the affirmative, negative and interrogative form. Fast learners love this activity, as they are willing ...
4 Complete Beginner Elementary
Liz´s Poem for Children (Routines)

Liz´s Poem for Children (Routines)

You can work this poem with children and teens as a tongue twister. I have worked this activity with my group of students and they really have enjoyed it, in act it´s a nice activity to do i ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Simple Present Reading Comprehension (Verb to Be)

Simple Present Reading Comprehension (Verb to Be)

This is a basic exercise for beginner kids who are starting to learn English. There are 4 profiles about people from different countries. Students must read the profiles and answer a good number o ...
3 Complete Beginner
Short Answers

Short Answers

Short answers activity: twenty-five questions using the verbs to be, to have got and there is, there are. Students must write true answers about themselves. It is a good revisión worksheet ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary
Unscramble Sentences 3

Unscramble Sentences 3

Unscramble sentences one: twenty sentences to practice the use of  present continuous in affirmative, negative and interrogative forms. At the beginning there are easier sentences that become ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Unscramble Sentences 2

Unscramble Sentences 2

Unscramble sentences one: twenty sentences to practice the use of the verb to have got in affirmative, negative and interrogative forms. At the beginning there are easier sentences that become mor ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Unscramble Sentences 1

Unscramble Sentences 1

Unscramble sentences one: twenty-five sentences to practice the use of the verb to be in affirmative, negative and interrogative forms. At the beginning there are easier sentences that become mor ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Song Worksheet: A Day in the Life by The Beatles

Song Worksheet: A Day in the Life by The Beatles

This is a song worksheet about the song A day in the life by The Beatles. You have different activities to do during the listening (choosing the correct word/putting verb into past tense/ordering ...
2 Intermediate
Daily Routines Reading Comprehension Worksheet

Daily Routines Reading Comprehension Worksheet

This is a reading comprehension worksheet for teaching or revising daily routines related vocabulary and the present simple tense. Recommended for pre-intermediate students who are asked to r ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Simple Past Jazz Chant

Simple Past Jazz Chant

Simple past tense questions in the form of a jazz chant. Provides an opportunity for students to practice/ revise the simple past tense before going on to write about their own past activities. A ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
How Well Do You Know Your Friends?

How Well Do You Know Your Friends?

Students complete an inventory of likes and dislikes on a provided sheet. The teacher then collects the unnamed sheets, mixes them up and redistributes the sheets to students in groups. Each per ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Past Simple)

Song Worksheet: Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Past Simple)

This activity is ideal to review the simple past with regular and irregular verbs, as well as to promote discussion about homosexuality.The worksheet contains 6 activities: 1. Pre-listening q ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Irregular Verbs Chart

Irregular Verbs Chart

This is an excellent opportunity to test your student's knowledge . It is recommended to pre-intermediate to intermediate students . It contains a chart where they have to write the infinitive , p ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Hush Hush by Avril Lavigne (Past Tense)

Song Worksheet: Hush Hush by Avril Lavigne (Past Tense)

There are two parts in this worksheet. Students should first write down the past tense forms of verbs in the song. Then, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks by using those past tense ve ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
'Gotong-Royong' to Clean Up School

'Gotong-Royong' to Clean Up School

This is a reading task made when I was a trainee. I adapted a newspaper article from The Star. The word 'gotong-royong' means to do an activity (usually cleaning a place) together as a community ( ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (Corrected Version)

Song Worksheet: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (Corrected Version)

This is the corrected version of a woksheet of mine. In this worksheet, students have some exercises with the lyrics of the song "I will survive". First, they write the simple past of the verbs i ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Likes and Dislikes Using the Zero Article

Likes and Dislikes Using the Zero Article

This worksheet is about likes and dislikes and the use of the zero article. Students have to learn and repeat a few words and a few verbs, they can tell the class what they like and what they don' ...
5 Elementary
Like and Don't Like

Like and Don't Like

It is a worksheet in which students can practise the use of I like and I don't like in a meaningful way through pictures to help them express themselves at this early stage without struggling for ...
1 Complete Beginner
Mermaid Reading

Mermaid Reading

It is the daily routine of a mermaid written in  present simple with tasks to practise reading and the thirds person singular. students can listen to a teacher reading it or read it themselve ...
2 Elementary
Present Perfect

Present Perfect

This is a reading comprehension exercise in which students are required to look for specific information. The grammar content of the reading is the present perfect tense, so that ss practice writi ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Future Simple Tense

Future Simple Tense "Will" Auxiliary with Three Simple Exercises

The title is unique and meaningful. This is recommended for beginner ss. Teachers may use it in a 45min to 1hr class. In the 1st activity ss match pictures to descriptive sentences. 2nd activity i ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
How Often and How Long

How Often and How Long

This is a speaking activity that you can use to ask your students when teaching them wh-questions. It can be used from beginner onwards but is best suited for pre-intermediate. It would helpful fo ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Present Simple and Continuous Workshop

Present Simple and Continuous Workshop

This worksheet has a lot of exercises to practice present simple and continuous. If you have students that need to practice for the exam at school you can work with them this worksheet. You will s ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Self Introduction 1

Self Introduction 1

A worksheet for elementary students to start practicing basic self introductions.  In this worksheet, the students write three sentences including their name, something they like and somethin ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
General Revision 2

General Revision 2

This worksheet contains simple yet effective practice to assess your students level and their understanding of the basics. It covers grammar, comprehension and writing skills and more. T ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate

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