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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 3,361 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 type is Kevin at Home ? (Simple Present Post Listening)

What type is Kevin at Home ? (Simple Present Post Listening)

The pupils have to fill in the gaps with 15 missing words ( 13 verbs and 2 possessive adjectives ) to be able to use the simple present with "he". In class they listened to a dialogue between Ama ...
1 Elementary
The Future

The Future

The Future is a discussion where students use their imagination to predict what our world will be like in the future. With stimulating pictures and questions the conversation diverts into various ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Present Perfect: Talking about the News Worksheet

Present Perfect: Talking about the News Worksheet

This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the present perfect tense at intermediate level. There's a brief explanation at the top of the page followed by a simple activity in which students are ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Present Perfect: Unfinished Past Worksheet

Present Perfect: Unfinished Past Worksheet

This is a worksheet for revising the present perfect tense at pre-intermediate level. There's a brief explanation followed by 3 different activities in which students are asked to write the c ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Days of the Week - Simple Reading Comprehension

Days of the Week - Simple Reading Comprehension

This worksheet works great with beginner or elementary students. It is a simple and easy worksheet for revising days of the week related vocabulary.The students are asked to read the text and to ...
1 Elementary
Going to- Future Plans

Going to- Future Plans

It'a a bombsaway game to practice general questions with "going to" and short answers . Children draw in 1 of each boat in the ocean. (3 ships total) and attack enemy ships by calling a s ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Sweet Child o' Mine

Song Worksheet: Sweet Child o' Mine

So one of my students asked for a song by Guns n' Roses and since his level is complete beginner I made this worksheet. It contains a fill in the blanks exercise and the answers in a separate page ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Movie Worksheet: The Maker - Vocabulary Prediction and Written Expression

Movie Worksheet: The Maker - Vocabulary Prediction and Written Expression

Great worksheet to be used with intermediate students. The video itself has no dialogue, which makes ss use their own vocabulary and knowledge to describe and analyze the story. I also used the vi ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Graduation (Friends Forever)

Song Worksheet: Graduation (Friends Forever)

Listening activity about friendship with Vitamin C's song Graduation. There's also a matching activity and comprehension questions about the song lyrics. The last activity can be really fun if you ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

This worksheet is a list of common English irregular verbs, including their base form, past simple, past participle. The list is to help French students learn the most common irregular verbs in En ...
5 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
English Worksheet - There Is or There Are (3)

English Worksheet - There Is or There Are (3)

This English resource was created for elementary/primary students and is a useful activity for practicing using there 'is' or there 'are'. Students must complete the sentences by writing there 'is ...
4 Elementary
English Worksheet - There Is or There Are (2)

English Worksheet - There Is or There Are (2)

This English resource was created for elementary/primary students and is a useful activity for practicing using there 'is' or there 'are'. Students must complete the sentences by writing there 'is ...
4 Elementary
English Worksheet - There Is or There Are (1)

English Worksheet - There Is or There Are (1)

This English resource was created for elementary/primary students and is a useful activity for practicing using there 'is' or there 'are'. Students must complete the sentences by writing there 'is ...
4 Elementary
Simple Questions For Beginner and Elementary Levels Worksheet

Simple Questions For Beginner and Elementary Levels Worksheet

This is a beginner/elementary level worksheet that reviews simple yes/no question structure for third person simple present with this/that/it. It includes vocabulary check of several objects that ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary
My Son, Tom

My Son, Tom

This is a personal worksheet about my son, Tom. Students are asked to read a text and answer a few questions. They can practise the present simple tense. This worksheet is not suitable for young l ...
9 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: George and Rosemary. Past Simple Practice

Movie Worksheet: George and Rosemary. Past Simple Practice

This is a nice video task for elementary students to practise the past simple tense. It is based on a 9-minute love story. This short film was even nominated for an Oscar! In the first task ss hav ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Clothing

Clothing

Let your students imagine what they would like to buy. Then give them money. Ask them what they have got. Have they got enough money? Which one is cheaper or more expensive?? Grammar point: compar ...
4 Elementary
Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift

Song Worksheet: You Belong with Me by Taylor Swift

It's a song activity which deals with verb to be (simple present), personal pronouns, possessive adjectives and listening skills. Students need to listen to the song and fill the blanks with the m ...
3 Elementary
General Revision

General Revision

This sheet is intended for beginners to test their understanding level, and revise the general first lessons provided in class. It is a great way to freshen up their minds and simply put their com ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
Present Perfect versus Past Simple

Present Perfect versus Past Simple

A trip to London. Imagine you are on holiday in London and you have visited different parts of the city. Write mini dialoges saying what you have done and answer the question "when" .(Use the pre ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Elementary Level Test (Adults)

Elementary Level Test (Adults)

This worksheet was created to assess students at a beginner's level. I have used it with my elementary level students, mainly adults, as well as with 6th and 7th graders. It covers topics like cou ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary
Past Perfect

Past Perfect

Basic, introductory explanation of the past perfect tense. It contains an approach to its use, formula and keywords. 3 examples are given to illustrate. Perfect to use a general scheme of how to u ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Future Forms: Will vs Going To Worksheet

Future Forms: Will vs Going To Worksheet

This is a pretty simple worksheet for teaching or revising future forms: will and going to at elementary level. There's an easy activity in which students are asked to complete the sentences ...
2 Elementary
Future Continuous & Future Perfect

Future Continuous & Future Perfect

Quite useful for explanation with a projector in the classroom, not only at the beginning of a lesson, but also to revise. This is always a crude grammatical topic just because English speakers ...
2 Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Me and My Girls by Fifth Harmony

Song Worksheet: Me and My Girls by Fifth Harmony

It's a song activity which deals with simple present and listening skills. Students need to listen to the song and complete with the verbs in simple present, they also need to order the lines and ...
3 Elementary

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