Present Tense
 
 
 
 
Present Tense

In this lesson you will learn the definition of present tense and study examples of present tense.
Present Tense Definition
  • Present tense is an action, event, or condition which occurred or is occurring now and includes the following:
  • simple present
  • present perfect
  • present progressive
  • present perfect progressive
  • The table below shows the present tense
aspect & tense aspect
simple perfect progressive perfect progressive
tense past simple
past
past
perfect
past
progressive
past
perfect
progressive
present simple
present
present
perfect
present
progressive
present
perfect
progressive
future simple
future
future
perfect
future
progressive
future
perfect
progressive
Present Tense Examples
  • Simple present: "I go." For many verbs, this is used to express habit or ability as in "I play the guitar."
  • I paint the house.
  • I eat breakfast this morning.
  • I go to the bookstore with my best friend.
  • Present perfect: "I have gone." This is usually used to express that an event happened at an unspecified or unknown time in the past.
  • I have painted the house.
  • I have eaten breakfast this morning.
  • I have gone to the bookstore with my best friend.
  • Present progressive: "I am going." This is used to express what most other languages use the simple present tense for. Note that this form in English can also be used to express future actions, such as in the phrase "We're going to the movies tonight."
  • I am painting the house.
  • I am eating breakfast this morning.
  • I am going to the bookstore with my best friend.
  • Present perfect progressive: "I have been going." This is used to express that an event started at some time in the past and continues to the present.
  • I have been painting the house.
  • I have been eating breakfast this morning.
  • I have been going to the bookstore with my best friend.
 
Additional Information
An Introduction to Verb Tenses
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of verb tenses. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Are You Progressing with Progressive Tenses?
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of tenses.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Are You Progressing with Progressive Tenses?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of tenses. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Grammar Tips
Can You Catch These Native Speaker Mistakes?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of common mistakes. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.