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4,294 FREE Verb Tense Worksheets

About Our Verb Tense Worksheets

While some aspects of a new language are fairly easy to teach, tenses can pose a challenge because they vary so much from one language to another. ESL teachers - particularly new ones - tend to struggle a little with teaching tenses, because it’s not always easy to explain exactly how a given tense works in English; or how it contrasts with other, similar tenses. Throw in the problem of teaching tenses in ways that keep students active, interested, and learning, and you’ve got a recipe for a difficult lesson on your hands.

Not all teachers handle these issues in the same ways. The classic approach would be simply to drill students on grammar until they get it right - but that approach has fallen out of use, in favor of a more integrated teaching method that combines speaking, reading, activities, and other forms of learning. The challenge for the modern ESL teacher, then, is to find ways of presenting each tense that enable the students not only to learn it correctly, but also to be able to produce it and use it dynamically in sentences.

That’s exactly where BusyTeacher.org’s 4,294 verb tense worksheets come in. They’re designed by real ESL teachers to help students see how each tense is used, see examples of different applications for it, and practice using it in all kinds of different exercises. With these worksheets, teaching tenses turns from a dull repetitive process into an engaging series of learning activities, that’ll inspire your students to take what they’ve learned out of the classroom and use it in their actual English conversations.

Our 4,294 tense worksheets cover each tense in the book, from present simple to future perfect continuous - and all things in between. They cover singular and plural verbs, irregular verbs, active and passive verbs, positive and negative verbs, and every other form of a verb you want to teach. In combination with the more rigorous rules laid down in your school’s textbook, these worksheets will give students the practice they need to understand every way in which English verbs can be formed.

In addition to all the verb forms our worksheets cover, they’ll also help you introduce variety into your classroom in another way: by giving you a wide variety of different exercises for practicing verbs in various situations. Some of our worksheets, for example, include simple examples and fill-in-the-blank exercises - while others will help your students organize little drama presentations, play games like “pronoun dice” or a quiz show, or read silly stories and lyrics to popular songs - all targeted at teaching the rules for using one particular verb tense or set of tenses.

These worksheets have been proven to work in classrooms of ESL teachers around the world - and in fact, that’s exactly who contributed them to this site. They’re all free to download and use without any registration, and you’re even free to submit your own worksheets if you’d like - just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page, and join our international community of English teachers helping English teachers!

All our worksheets can be previewed in thumbnail view before you click and download them - so just take a scroll down this page, see what catches your eye, and try out anything that looks interesting in your classroom. We guarantee you’ll love the results!

GRAMMAR TIP:What Is a Verb Tense?
A verb 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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Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

This worksheet is suitable for improving your students' writing skills. They are going to write three paragraphs about three types of life style in the past, present and future. They sho ...
Views 238 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Simple Present Worksheet

Simple Present Worksheet

This worksheet is appropriate for reviewing simple present, occupations, and daily routine activities. It's appropriate for young learners and elementary students, it will take 20 minutes.&nb ...
Views 209 Complete BeginnerElementary
Present Simple Notes ( Polish Learners)

Present Simple Notes ( Polish Learners)

Patrycja Dąbkowska
This worksheet contains the use and construction of present simple. It contains 10 cases of use and examples, adverbials of time that indicate this tense and a section that tell students how to bu ...
Views 93 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Satellite by Lena Meyer

Song Worksheet: Satellite by Lena Meyer

Maria
This is a song worksheet by Eurovision song contest winner Lena Meyer. The song can be downloaded at youtube or other websites. It can be used best to practice past simple and entertain students. ...
Views 1,211 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Future Plans, Predictions and Arrangements

Future Plans, Predictions and Arrangements

Kika Acosta
This is a powerpoint presentation that I made using website resources that will hopefully help you introduce future tenses and your students learn about future tenses and practice exercises online ...
Views 1,368 Pre-Intermediate
Present Perfect

Present Perfect

leena1
In this activity students will reinforce the previous knowledge of the use of present perfect tense. This activity contains 30 sentences in which students fill the gaps with the verb in past parti ...
Views 1,235 Elementary
At the Playground

At the Playground

This file includes some vocabulary items related to the activities children do at the playground, such as swinging, sliding, skating, etc. The grammar focuses on present continuous. Hope it helps.
Views 701 Elementary
What Are They Wearing? (for Spanish ESL)

What Are They Wearing? (for Spanish ESL)

Rachel Tattersall
This worksheet uses present progressive and clothing vocabulary. The communicative purpose is to describe what other people are wearing if students lose a friend or family member in an English spe ...
Views 724 Complete Beginner
All Tenses Comparison

All Tenses Comparison

I have created this worksheet to compare the basic use of all the twelve tenses. A simple phrase of "writing emails" has been used in each tense. At the same time, a simple timeline is provided fo ...
Views 2,842 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

Movie Worksheet: Star Wars Stormtrooper (Daily Routine)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using the simple present tense when describing daily routines. The video shows the daily routine of a Stormtrooper. While watching the video, learners are as ...
Views 2,283 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

Movie Worksheet: Describing Accidents (Past)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise using various narrative tenses, including past simple, past continuous, and past perfect. The video has many clips of accidents, slips, and falls. Learners s ...
Views 1,954 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Movie Worksheet: Family Guy (Future Predictions)

Movie Worksheet: Family Guy (Future Predictions)

English Through Videos
This fun video activity is to practise future predictions. While watching a clip from the hit TV series Family Guy, learners have to make predictions about what they expect to happen next. Learner ...
Views 1,416 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Beautiful South (There Is)

Song Worksheet: Beautiful South (There Is)

Miriam Hdz
This song worksheet is a listening practice for there is/ there are and simple vocabulary. Students don't only fill in the gaps but also get a general idea by matching half lines and ordering them ...
Views 1,498 Elementary
Find Someone Who

Find Someone Who

This typical format is based on practicing the present simple tense focused on daily routines, likes and hobbies. There are 10 different cards, each one with two facts to find out. I think that a ...
Views 2,906 Elementary
Food

Food

This worksheet is appropriate for young learners. It's suitable for reviewing food related vocabulary items. And it's also useful for practicing simple present, count and non-count nouns ...
Views 1,815 Complete BeginnerElementary
Jobs

Jobs

This worksheet is useful for asking and reviewing job vocabulary items and different kinds of occupations. It's also suitable for practicing the simple present tense. This worksheet is appropriate ...
Views 1,713 Elementary
Complete the Sentence Game

Complete the Sentence Game

I use this activity for warming up or as a team competition game. It is very fast, it will not take you more than five minutes. I read aloud a line by line and students try to be fast completing t ...
Views 4,006 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
City Life vs Country Life

City Life vs Country Life

This worksheet is helpful for improving students' writing skills, and it's appropriate for practicing simple present. Students should start each sentence with "there is" or "there are". It's ...
Views 2,040 Elementary
Expressions with the Verb to Be

Expressions with the Verb to Be

Laura Lobos Peebles
Expressing how we feel using the verb to be and to feel, i.e. I am cold, I feel cold. Teacher reads the sentence showing the picture that goes with it. There are two different gap fill activities ...
Views 2,327 Complete Beginner
Dice Game- Simple Present

Dice Game- Simple Present

Dilma Campos
This activity is nice to be used as a warmer to practice the simple present tense. Students roll the dice and fill in the blanks with true sentences about themselves. I used the verbs have, like a ...
Views 2,018 Elementary
Past Simple and Negative Past Simple

Past Simple and Negative Past Simple

Abbybabs
A worksheet about the construction of the past simple and past simple negative, both with "didn't" and "weren't / wasn't". Provides examples and explanation of forming the past negative with "didn ...
Views 2,962 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Toys, Present Simple

Toys, Present Simple

I have designed this PDF for reviewing some toy items + first, second, and third person singular and plural. Students are asked to unscramble the words to make questions and answer them. Hope it w ...
Views 2,052 Elementary
I am Malala

I am Malala

Natalia
In this worksheet students write the past tense of some verbs and complete Malala Yousafzai´s biography  using the verbs. There are also some reading comprehension questions and the opp ...
Views 2,810 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Toys; Have and Has

Toys; Have and Has

I have designed this file for reviewing 'have' and 'has' and of course some vocabulary items about toys. Hope it works.
Views 1,345 Elementary
Regular and Irregular Verbs Past Tense

Regular and Irregular Verbs Past Tense

Krystal
This worksheet helps students practice forming past simple regular and irregular verbs. I used pictures to help students to understand each sentence.
Views 4,008 Pre-Intermediate

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