Verb Tense

Tell Us When It Happened

Verb Tense Indicates Time and Intention

We use verb tenses all the time in conversation.  They indicate what we've done, what we're doing, and what we're gonna do in the future.

For those who study foreign languages, verb tenses can feel like a pain of memorization.  But in the language you grew up with, you learned your tenses automatically.  That's the good news — regardless of your native language or your education, you inherently understand verb tense.

Now the bad news: traditional academic verb tense choices may differ from what you use in conversation.

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Want to know why English has so many verb tenses?  It all comes down to aspect.