Comparison of Verb Tenses in English Grammar

Introduction

English grammar has three main tenses: the present, the past and the future. Each of these tenses has a progressive/ aspect, a perfect aspect and a perfect progressive aspect, which adds up to 12 different tenses. The four English present tenses are the simple present, the present progressive, the present perfect and the present perfect progressive. The four English past tenses are the simple past, the past progressive, the past perfect and the past perfect progressive. And the four English future tenses are the simple future with will or going to, the future progressive, the future perfect and the future perfect progressive.

Understanding the difference between simple, progressive, perfect and perfect progressive tenses in English grammar can be very difficult for non-native speakers. Here, we compare the English tenses that learners tend to confuse and explain the difference between them. Simply click on one of the links below for a detailed online lesson with exercises to test your grammar skills.