Simple Tense

Verb tenses aren't holding stress in their shoulders; they express time. They show whether an action, event, or process happens in the past, present, or future.

There are three simple tenses. They live on a farm and don't ask questions.

The simple present tense is the base form of the verb or the base form of the verb plus –s for third-person singular subjects.

The simple past tense is the past tense form of the verb.

The simple future tense is made up of the helping verb will plus the base form of the verb.

 

Examples

" Alan types with one finger."

In this example, types is a simple present tense verb. Since Alan is a third-person singular subject, we added –s to the base form of the verb type.

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"Kyle burned the popcorn. "

Here, burned is a simple past tense verb. In retrospect, trying to pop the corn with a blowtorch was probably a bad idea.

" Janice will land at Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport at 5:15 p.m."

Will land is a verb in the simple future tense because Janice hasn't arrived yet. There's still plenty of time for her friends to argue about who has to go pick her up at the world's busiest airport.