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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 4,022 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 4,022 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!

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4,022 FREE Verb Tense Worksheets

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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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Long Time No See

Long Time No See

A perfect worksheet to use if you haven't seen your students in a while. Use the questions as a conversation guide. Feedback can be given when required. It could also be used as a get to know each ...
4 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Present Perfect Review Game

Present Perfect Review Game

This is a review game for the present perfect tense, both in its form and in comparison with the simple past. You should review these tenses briefly before starting, as well as time tags with both ...
2 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Grammar - Present and Past Simple

Grammar - Present and Past Simple

This is a worksheet for practicing the grammar of present and past simple. It contains four activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it works!
4 Elementary
British vs American

British vs American

A worksheet about the topic: British vs American English (for elementary students). Students will be asked to read the examples of British and American English. As a follow up activity, the teache ...
2 Elementary
Selfie

Selfie

Authentic Teaching
Let me present you my handout on the topic of the last years – a selfie. This lesson gives your students an opportunity to talk about something they do every day - especially young learners ...
13 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Summer of 69

Summer of 69

This is a famous song by Bryan Adams to practice past simple. First students put the given verbs in the past simple then listen to the song and write these verbs in the correct place. Pre-intermed ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
To Be and Adjectives

To Be and Adjectives

anaparty
Easy worksheet for the youngest students. Perfect to practise verb 'to be' and basic adjectives. The worksheet contain 5 simple tasks for kids who just have started studying English with a tutor, ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Movie Worksheet: Tell Me the Story of Pothound

Movie Worksheet: Tell Me the Story of Pothound

Suzanne Bhagan
"Pothound" is a great, short film by Trinidadian filmmaker, Christopher Guinness. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/32823310. I used this worksheet with intermediate ESL students in a Japan ...
1 Intermediate
Describing Daily Routines

Describing Daily Routines

Rajendra Babu Vemuri
This worksheet is designed to help ESL learners to describe their daily routines. It is observed that the ESL learners are unable to share their routines with peer group. Most of them trying to re ...
3 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Its or It's? (3)

Its or It's? (3)

This worksheet is for primary/elementary students. It’s is a contraction for it is or it has: It’s my bedtime. Its indicates possessive: The choir is proud of its performance. Write it ...
5 Elementary
Taboo Game - Food and Exercise

Taboo Game - Food and Exercise

Taboo: A speaking game where students need to define the words provided without using the words given. Print and cut the cards. Play and enjoy!
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Its or It's? (2)

Its or It's? (2)

It’s is a contraction for it is or it has: It’s my bedtime. Its indicates possessive: The choir is proud of its performance. Students are asked to write it’s or its to complete t ...
4 Elementary
Its or It's?

Its or It's?

It’s is a contraction for it is or it has: It’s my bedtime. Its indicates possessive: The choir is proud of its performance. Students are asked to write it’s or its to complete t ...
5 Elementary
Song Worksheet: All That We Have Is Now

Song Worksheet: All That We Have Is Now

It is a listening activity based on Jesse Winchester's song. I happened to listen to it on the radio and I thought it was great for revising verbs in the present simple tense form. I used it with ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Present Simple and Present Continuous

Present Simple and Present Continuous

This is a four-page worksheet for present simple and present continuous. It includes different activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it helps!
6 Elementary
Present Perfect vs Past Simple

Present Perfect vs Past Simple

This power-point presentation is helpful to teach present perfect vs past simple and also present perfect with for and since and make questions with how long. It's appropriate for pre-intermediate ...
7 Pre-Intermediate
Present Perfect with For and Since

Present Perfect with For and Since

In this worksheet you'll find a present perfect (with for and since) activity. Print the worksheet and give them 10 minutes to choose the best answer, then give them some time to check the answers ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
In Shape/ Past Simple

In Shape/ Past Simple

This is a worksheet for practicing past simple. The students are asked to read a text and answer or write the questions. It is designed for elementary level. Hope it works!
6 Elementary
Song Worksheet: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

Song Worksheet: I Don't Wanna Miss a Thing by Aerosmith

BusyTeacher Contributor
Listening activity for the song I don't wanna miss a thing by Aerosmith. Choose the correct word in bold and in capital letters from the lyrics already provided. There are some words to choos ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays

An activity for September for year 9/8th grade/4ème. Students learn how to speak about their summer holidays. They have to find the missing words, and then they can interview a classmate, t ...
4 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Present Simple Questions

Present Simple Questions

In this worksheet you'll find 5 activities to learn and practice present simple questions. At the beginning there are examples of yes/no questions and wh questions. Then, students identify differe ...
3 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-Intermediate
Countries and Nationalities

Countries and Nationalities

Giuliana Ortez
This worksheet helps students create questions with the verb to be. They can interview 5 of their classmates, they will pretend they are from another country. This encourage students to create que ...
2 Elementary
Expressions of Frequency

Expressions of Frequency

This power-point presentation is appropriate as an engagement for teaching and practicing expressions of frequency such as : everyday, once a week, twice a week, three times a week and etc. I ...
4 Elementary
Daily Routines

Daily Routines

This power-point presentation is appropriate for teaching daily routines and weekdays to young and elementary language learners. It contains activities such as: sweeping, washing the dishes, takin ...
3 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Baby Love by Petite Meller

Song Worksheet: Baby Love by Petite Meller

A listening set of exercises based on the Song "Baby Love" (2015). This activity includes ordering sentences, discriminating words, correcting spelling and reviewing some gerunds. [youtube=http:// ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate

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