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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 4,005 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 4,005 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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4,005 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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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!
3 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 ...
5 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 ...
3 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 ...
2 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 ...
1 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
Daily Activities, Game

Daily Activities, Game

This board game is really useful for reviewing daily activities. It is appropriate for young learners. You copy and cut the cards, write numbers 1-8 on the other side of each card. Pin/ stick them ...
4 Elementary
Daily Activities Worksheet

Daily Activities Worksheet

This is a worksheet for practicing Daily Activities. It is designed for elementary level and it includes an activity in which the language learners are asked to look at the pictures and write. Hop ...
5 Elementary
School Action Verbs

School Action Verbs

This worksheet is designed for elementary students and young learners. It contains two parts, first: school action verbs and present continuous and question formation with "what". Second part: cou ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementary
Clothes

Clothes

Mahnaz Fallah Mazlumi
This is a PowerPoint about things we wear containing images and a link to a short video which is appropriate for young learners of the English language. You can also use the questions which are ad ...
3 Complete Beginner
Board Game

Board Game

This board game is really useful for teaching and reviewing school action verbs and present progressive. It is appropriate for young learners, and beginners. You copy and cut them, write a nu ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementary
Have and Has Got Are Simply Explained Plus Some Exercises

Have and Has Got Are Simply Explained Plus Some Exercises

Nina
I made this worksheet for my Thai elementary students. They are always confused about have got/ has got and how to use them in a sentence. It is pure grammar and I explained affirmative, negative, ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Tic-Tac-Toe, Daily Routines

Tic-Tac-Toe, Daily Routines

Tic Tac Toe is an interesting game. This file is for reviewing daily routines and the dictation. The instruction of the game is included. Hope it works.
2 Elementary
Free Time- Speaking Activity

Free Time- Speaking Activity

This file includes a speaking activity for practicing free time activities. It contains an activity in which the students are asked to check the activities that they would like to do on weeke ...
3 Elementary
Daily Activities

Daily Activities

This file contains a speaking activity for practicing daily activities. Put the students into pairs and encourage them to talk. It is designed for elementary level.
3 Elementary
Pantomime: Daily Routines

Pantomime: Daily Routines

This is a game for practicing daily routines. Cut the cards. Each student is asked to mime the statement and the others have to say. Hope it works!
2 Elementary
Irregular Verb List with Pronunciation, Examples and Pictures

Irregular Verb List with Pronunciation, Examples and Pictures

I was going to keep this for myself but I finally decided to share. This is a complete list of irregular verbs with pronunciation, pictures and examples. Most verbs have three or four examples, bu ...
35 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Celebration

Celebration

Shaghayegh
This is a colorful power point contains some questions with have/has and food items. It is useful for elementary level. Hope you enjoy this delicious power point and use it in your classes to chec ...
1 Elementary
Game- Backpack 3

Game- Backpack 3

This is game for reviewing different subjects including daily routines, animals, jobs, and five senses. It is designed for elementary level. Write numbers 1-20 on the other side of each card. Pin ...
5 Elementary
Movie Worksheet: We Bought a Zoo

Movie Worksheet: We Bought a Zoo

Auris
The worksheet includes 3 short fragments of the film, there are 4 types of questions: open, multiple choice, fill in the gaps and multi-optional (more than one answer is possible), students need t ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate

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