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There are a number of verb tenses. This quiz includes present tense and past tense. A verb is an action word. It can tell us what the subject(s) is(are) doing. Actions, however, can take place at different times. For example, they can show an action in the past, an action in the present and an action in the future.
To define when an action takes place, a verb is written in a “tense” form. These tenses include the following:
PRESENT TENSE: A verb that shows an action that is taking place at that very moment (in the present) is a present tense verb.
An example of this tense of a verb would be: “Gabby is licking her ice-cream up and down.” From this sentence, we can tell that the action is currently taking place. Present tense verbs often end with and “s.” For example: “To talk” is the root verb. “She talks” shows a current action.
PAST TENSE: A verb that shows that an action took place in the past is a past tense verb. For example, let’s look at the following sentence. “Daddy paid the mechanic last week.” In this sentence “paid” is the past tense of the verb “to pay” and it tells us that the action took place in the past. Many past tense verbs end in “d” or “ed.” For example: “To walk” is the root verb. Kelly walked” shows us an action that took place but is not currently taking place in the present.
PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS TENSE: A verb that shows an action that started in the past but was completed is known as a past perfect continuous tense. It is a verb that is preceded by the words “had been.” An example would be as follows: “Timothy had been walking for a while when we caught up to him.” We know the action took place in the past and was a continuous action. A continuous action is shown by the “ing” at the end of a verb. But since Timothy is no longer walking (we know this because the words “had been” precede the verb telling us that the walking had ended), “walking” in this sentence is a past perfect continuous tense.
FUTURE TENSE: A verb that tells us that an action is not taking place but will take place sometime in the future is a future tense verb. An example of this verb usage is as follows: “My sister will play the piano at the recital.” When the word “will” appears before a verb, it tells us that the action has not yet taken place but will take place in the future.
There are other forms of verb tenses but for this quiz we will focus on these four tenses.