Table of english tenses

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|TENSES |FORMS |USE |TIME PHRASES |
| |(Affirmative - A/Negative - N Question - Q) | ||
|SIMPLE |PRESENT | | | Every day, |
| | |A: I work. |1-to talk about habits or regular activities |Every month |
| | |He/she/itworks. |He gets up at 8 o’clock every morning. |Every year |
| | |You/we/they work. |They never listen to their teacher. |Always, |
| | |N: I do not (don’t) work. |2-totalk about general truths and permanent |never, often, normally, |
| | |He/she/it does not (doesn’t) work_. |actions(facts): |seldom, sometimes, usually, |
| | |You/we/they do not (don’t) work. | |twicea week/day…, |
| | | |The Earth rotates round its axis. It |all the time |
| | |Q: Do I work? |rains a lot in autumn. I | |
| | |Doeshe/she/it work_? |speak English and French | |
| | |Do you/we/they work? | | |
| | ||3-to talk about a future timetabled event | |
| | | |The train leaves at 3 tomorrow. | |
| |PAST | |1-to talk about actions performed in thepast |yesterday, |
| | | |(with finished time expressions): |2 days ago, |
| | | |I met my friend yesterday. |in 1970, |
|| | |Did you go to the seaside last summer? |the other day, last month |
| | | | |last Sunday |
| | ||2-to talk about a succession of past actions | |
| | |A: I worked /went. |(stories): | |
| | |He/she/it worked/went. |He opened the door,...
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