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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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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 5,757 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 ...
1 Views 3,530 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 1,421 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 4,829 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 5,171 Pre-IntIntAdv
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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 4,521 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 2,898 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 4,220 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 3,952 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 3,815 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 5,640 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 6,654 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 8,499 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 4,214 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 6,516 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 3,949 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 6,415 Elem
Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

English Through Videos
Help your learners practice their English with this fun video activity. Watch the TV show clip and then read the description sentence, which is written in the active voice. Change the sentence int ...
1 Views 6,935 IntAdv
Weather Table Conversation Activity

Weather Table Conversation Activity

Roman Gabryś
The worksheet consists of a table where students should ask one another questions about the weather in a corresponding country. Great for developing speaking skills and teaching weather-related vo ...
1 Views 5,796 BegElem
-ED Endings for Past Simple with Katy Perry

-ED Endings for Past Simple with Katy Perry

Simona Nolli
All my teenagers students love Katy Perry. This an old song by Katy Perry but it is really useful to catch the correct pronunciation of-ed in regular past simple verbs. They first fill in the gaps ...
1 Views 5,393 Elem
Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Why Are Women Paid Less Than Men? Ukrainian and English

Anastasiia
The tasks are based on the video and focus on developing listening comprehension. The worksheet includes listening for the gist, listening for specific information, and gap-filling activities. Th ...
1 Views 6,290 ElemPre-IntInt
Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

English Through Videos
Practice your English with this fun video activity. Watch the video on the link below and complete the gap-fill activity. It can be done as a speaking task or writing task. Change the simple prese ...
1 Views 9,622 ElemPre-IntInt
Travel Board Game

Travel Board Game

BusyTeacher Contributor
Board game with travel related vocabulary, including questions using present simple, past simple, and present perfect. This can be used with multi-cultural students or students who are familiar wi ...
1 Views 12,312 Pre-IntInt
Song Worksheet: Fame by Naturi Naughton & Collins Pennie

Song Worksheet: Fame by Naturi Naughton & Collins Pennie

Fátima
This is a song worksheet to learn vocabulary and develop listening and speaking skills. After listening to the song twice, students fill in the gaps in the lyrics. As it is a song with catchy ryth ...
1 Views 4,005 IntAdv
Monopoly Deal - Introduction and Vocab

Monopoly Deal - Introduction and Vocab

Monopoly Deal is basically Monopoly, the game you know and hate, in the form of a card game, which you will come to love. It is Monopoly without tears, and it takes about a tenth of the time (20-6 ...
1 Views 4,380 ElemPre-IntIntAdv

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