Review of tenses in English

Below is a list of links to explanations and exercises for each of the 12 tenses in the English language, grouped by category. It is recommended you go through them in the order they are listed but feel free to jump around if that works for you.

A quick word on tenses in English

There are 12 tenses in the English language. But if you find this number dizzying, look at it this way. There are actually only three basic tenses: the past, the present, and the future.

We can add to these three basic categories the aspects of perfect and progressive and get tenses belonging to these three groups. Any time 12 seems like a lot, just remember, it’s all just 3 basic tenses (past, present, and future) “spiced up” with two aspects :-).

Here is a visual overview of all the tenses:

Review of tenses in English

Go to this page here for a written overview of all the tenses, with examples:
http://www.davidappleyard.com/english/tenses.htm

Below are tons of links to some reading and many online exercises with the present and past tenses. If you like to learn through watching videos, check out this AMAZING web page with awesome videos made by passionate English teachers: https://www.engvid.com/english-lessons

PRESENT SIMPLE VS PRESENT CONTINUOUS
Reading:
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/present-tense/present-continuous
Reading + exercises:
http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/present-simple-and-present-continuous
Exercises:
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/simple_present_progressive2.htm

SIMPLE PAST
Simple past – irregular verbs only
https://elt.oup.com/student/solutions/elementary/grammar/grammar_07_012e?cc=hr&selLanguage=hr
http://speakspeak.com/english-grammar-exercises/elementary/past-simple-irregular-verbs
http://www.agendaweb.org/exercises/verbs/simple-past-irregular-1
http://www.agendaweb.org/exercises/verbs/simple-past-irregular-2
http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=2030
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/irregular-verbs-exercise-1.html
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/irregular-verbs-exercise-2.html
Simple past – regular + irregular verbs
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/past-simple-exercise-8.html
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/past-simple-exercise-9.html
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/simple_past_mix.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/simple_past_statements2.htm
http://www.learnenglish.de/games/tenses/simplepast.html
http://www.learn-english-online.org/Lesson29/TestIt/SimplePast.htm
http://www.rong-chang.com/ex/exeasy/low_past_tense02.htm
http://www.esl-lounge.com/student/grammar/1g80-elementary-past-simple-regular-and-irregular-gap-fill.php
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/complex_tests/simple_past1/index.php
http://www.english-zone.com/verbs/irrpast1.html
Simple past – negatives, questions
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/simple_past_negation_sentences.htm
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/questions/simple_past2.htm

PAST SIMPLE VS PAST CONTINUOUS
Reading:
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simpas-paspro
http://esl.about.com/od/grammarintermediate/a/noncontinuous.htm
Exercises:
Intermediate
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simpas-paspro/exercises
http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/past-simple-vs-past-continuous
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/past-simple-past-continuous-exercise-1.html
http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/pastsimpleorcontinuous/exercise6.html
http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs4.htm

PAST SIMPLE VS PAST CONTINUOUS – MORE ADVANCED
http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs3.htm
https://elt.oup.com/student/project3rdedition/level5/unit1/grammar/exercise1?cc=us&selLanguage=en

PRESENT PERFECT
Reading:
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/grammar/pres_perf.htm
Video:
http://www.engvid.com/english-tenses-present-perfect-present-simple/

PRESENT PERFECT VS PAST SIMPLE – INTERMEDIATE
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/exercises/tenses/simple_past_present_perfect.htm
http://web2.uvcs.uvic.ca/elc/studyzone/410/grammar/ppvpast1.htm
http://www.usingenglish.com/quizzes/228.html
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/past-simple-present-perfect-4.html

PRESENT PERFECT VS PAST SIMPLE – ADVANCED
http://www.englisch-hilfen.de/en/complex_tests/simple_past_present_perfect1/index.php
http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=1496

PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS
Reading:
http://www.edufind.com/english-grammar/present-perfect-continuous/

PRESENT PERFECT SIMPLE vs PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS
Reading:
https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/quick-grammar/present-perfect-simple-and-present-perfect-continuous
Exercises:
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-30523.php
http://www.englishtenses.com/exercise/present_perfect_simple_or_continuous
http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/present-perfect-present-perfect-continuous-2.html

PRESENT PERFECT CONTINUOUS VS PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS
http://www.tolearnenglish.com/exercises/exercise-english-2/exercise-english-20766.php

PAST PERFECT
http://www.ecenglish.com/learnenglish/lessons/past-simple-or-past-perfect

ALL PAST TENSES – MIXED
http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/verbs12.htm
http://webs.schule.at/website/Exercises/Tenses1.htm
https://english.lingolia.com/en/grammar/tenses-comparison/past-tenses/exercises/articles/past-tenses-mixed-exercise
http://www.englishtenses.com/test/romance_novel_past_tenses
http://www.englishexercises.org/makeagame/viewgame.asp?id=7150
https://elt.oup.com/student/oxfordenglishgrammar/advanced/oegc_advanced_section04/advanced_section04_02?cc=us&selLanguage=en

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