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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 4,456 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 4,456 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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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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Song Worksheet: Don't Stop the Music by Rihanna

Song Worksheet: Don't Stop the Music by Rihanna

Rihanna hit song from 2008, "Don't Stop the Music" is full of Present Continuous examples. The worksheet I prepared is a fill-in -the-blanks activity for beginners. Students are supposed to use t ...
1 Views 1,448 BegElem
The Rock - Simple Past vs Present Perfect

The Rock - Simple Past vs Present Perfect

david martinez
Use this worksheet to practice a little bit with your students when to use simple past or present perfect. Video is available on youtube. There are some tasks to activate knowledge and at the e ...
1 Views 1,885 Pre-Int
Past Simple: Practice

Past Simple: Practice

Guilherme G Tidon
Students have to fill in the gaps of a short story about a road trip with verbs in the past simple (affirmative or negative). As a follow-up, you can ask students to share travel experiences with ...
1 Views 3,979 ElemPre-IntInt
Holiday Survey

Holiday Survey

MegH
This is a holiday survey of 8 questions useful when you would like to engage all of the students in a group to report on their holidays. This is also a tool to ask and answer questions in Past Si ...
1 Views 3,867 Pre-IntInt
Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

Hanging Out: Free-Time Activities

Guilherme G Tidon
In this listening activity, students will hear 4 speakers describing where and with whom they usually hang out. After matching the activities to the speakers, students will review some collocatio ...
1 Views 4,035 Elem
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Carpool Karaoke with Adele Worksheet

Carpool Karaoke with Adele Worksheet

Veronica Karlsson
James Corden and Adele sing her songs and talk about her in his carpool. Very funny to watch and as most young people know who she is, this can be a great and fun exercise to practice listening s ...
1 Views 3,311 ElemPre-Int
Problem Solving Worksheet

Problem Solving Worksheet

Hensley
This worksheet is all about problem solving and critical thinking suitable for adults and teens. It's a good classroom activity which can be done in groups of twos and threes, but mostly aimed at ...
1 Views 3,699 Pre-IntIntAdv
Present Simple Board Game

Present Simple Board Game

Eleni Papadogianni
This is an easy Present Simple board game including affirmative, negative, and question forms. Students are asked to get into teams, roll the dice and make sentences in order to practice the gra ...
1 Views 6,493 BegElem
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Novi Rezeki
Both the present simple and the continuous tenses are some of the most fundamental aspects of grammar. We use and hear these tenses every day, so it's important to understand the differences ...
1 Views 12,453 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Regular Past Tense Pronunciation Worksheet

Regular Past Tense Pronunciation Worksheet

Fernando Crespo Orozco
This worksheet invites students to pronounce regular past tense endings appropriately. Likewise, students may write the past form of the verbs included with a different color ink to visualize pos ...
2 Views 5,653 ElemPre-IntInt
Future Tense PPT - English/Portugeuse

Future Tense PPT - English/Portugeuse

Tais Paris
Review of the future tense in a PowerPoint presentation. This presentation may help you, the teacher, explain the future tenses or review them with your students. It contains explanations and exam ...
1 Views 2,536 Pre-IntIntAdvExam
Past Simple Regular Verbs

Past Simple Regular Verbs

Jeff Genet
This lesson is FULL of visual aids and clear examples of when and how to use and form the Past Simple for irregular verbs. The lesson contains a link to a fun, animated video. This is the perfect ...
1 Views 7,755 BegElemPre-IntInt
SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

SONG: Penny Lane (The Beatles)

Guilherme G Tidon
In this worksheet, students will work with the song 'Penny Lane' by The Beatles. There are many opportunities to work on different topics here: present simple, body parts, jobs, places in town. Th ...
1 Views 8,086 Pre-IntIntAdv
Going Shopping Fill in the Blank Conversation

Going Shopping Fill in the Blank Conversation

Guilherme G Tidon
In this worksheet, students will fill in the blanks of two conversations at a shop. After that, they will look into the language and vocabulary used in the conversations and analyze their meanings ...
1 Views 6,444 ElemPre-Int
To Have Worksheet: Affirmative, Negation, Questions

To Have Worksheet: Affirmative, Negation, Questions

Klaudia
It is a worksheet for children that I made in order to practice the verb "to have" using affirmative sentences, negation and questions. It is suitable for beginners and elementary level. I used it ...
1 Views 3,819 Elem
Speaking About Now, Before Now, After Now Question Worksheet

Speaking About Now, Before Now, After Now Question Worksheet

Antonella Arista
I created this worksheet to help students revise a variety of verb tenses and practice forming questions and answers. I used it in secondary schools as well as in adult conversation classes and it ...
1 Views 5,816 Pre-IntInt
Placing Adverbs of Frequency in Sentences

Placing Adverbs of Frequency in Sentences

Robin Woelke
This is a quick and easy exercise of adverbs of frequency. It has both the verb be and regular verbs, so the teacher should have already explained the difference in adverb placement. The student ...
1 Views 5,334 Pre-IntInt
Exercises on Past Perfect Simple

Exercises on Past Perfect Simple

Ilona
Exercises on Past Perfect Simple I. Write the verbs in Past Perfect Simple. II. Write the verbs in Past Perfect Simple. Use the negative form. III. Complete the questions in Past Perfect Simple. ...
1 Views 4,969 IntAdv
Questions and Negatives - Present Simple and Present Continuous

Questions and Negatives - Present Simple and Present Continuous

Bianka Molnar
Practise questions and negatives in the Present Simple and the Present Continuous. Enjoy learning/teaching English with this exercise. Students have to choose between using the Present Simple or ...
1 Views 6,721 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Routine vs Free Time Printable Cards

Routine vs Free Time Printable Cards

Nora Choperena
The cards can be used to review vocabulary of daily routine, frequency adverbs, free time activities, likes /dislikes using the simple present. Put the cards in a box/bag and ask students to choo ...
1 Views 7,707 Elem
Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

In this worksheet, students should use two tenses (past simple and past continuous) by filling in blank spaces. Rules about when each tense is used must be learned before trying to solve the works ...
1 Views 10,665 Pre-Int
The Black Hole - Sci-fi Short Film

The Black Hole - Sci-fi Short Film

"The Black Hole" is a clever Sci-fi short film about finding possible/impossible technology in an office and about the moral implications of the character's actions. This worksheet asks students t ...
1 Views 4,981 IntAdvExam
Present Continuous Board Game

Present Continuous Board Game

Eleni Papadogianni
This board game is an easy fun way to practice sentence formation using the Present Continuous. Get into two teams, take turns to roll the dice and make affirmative or negative sentences. The firs ...
1 Views 7,991 BegElem
World Water Day Reading Exercises

World Water Day Reading Exercises

Andrea Paz
Reading about the importance of water. The truth is that we are lucky enough to have clean water whenever we want, but this is not the case for many people around the world. Did you know that arou ...
1 Views 4,484 ElemPre-Int
Was/Were Board Game

Was/Were Board Game

Eleni Papadogianni
This is an easy, fun way to practice answering Yes/No and Wh- questions using the verb "to be" in the simple past tense. It helps young learners get involved in the speaking process and talk about ...
1 Views 7,547 Elem

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