All Twelve English Verb Tenses

Here is an overview of all 12 English verb tenses, their forms, and how to use them.

Present Simple ~Verb Form Present Simple ~Verb Use
Present Progressive ~Verb Form Present Progressive ~Verb Use
Present Perfect Progressive ~Verb Form Present Perfect Progressive ~Verb Use
Past Simple ~Verb Form Past Simple ~Verb Use
Past Progressive ~Verb Form Past Progressive ~Verb Use
Past Perfect ~Verb Form Past Perfect ~Verb Use
Past Perfect Progressive ~Verb Form Past Perfect Progressive ~Verb Use
Future Simple ~Verb Form Future Simple ~Verb Use
Future Progressive ~Verb Form Future Progressive ~Verb Use
Future Perfect~Verb Form Future Perfect ~Verb Use
Future Perfect Progressive ~Verb Form Future Perfect Progressive ~Verb Use



Future Progressive ~Meaning and Use

future_continuousThis post will show you how to use the Future Progressive, also called the Future Continuous. To see how to form the Future Progressive, click here.

The Future Progressive puts the emphasis on the course of an action taking place in the future at a specific time.

I will be studying later so I can’t go out.

You will be sleeping at midnight.

He will be making dinner when you get home tonight.

She won’t be speaking at the conference next Monday.

It won’t be raining tomorrow.

Next fall, we will be enjoying the vegetables we planted in the spring.

They will be living in Santiago next year.

Will they be showing the movie we want to see tonight?

Future Progressive ~Verb Form

This post will show you how to form the Future Progressive, also called the Future Continuous. To see how to use the Future Progressive, click here.

Subject Will Be Verb + ing
I will be working all day tomorrow.
You will be living in Dublin next month!
He/she/it will be studying hard all week.
We will be doing a lot of research tomorrow.
They/you (plural) will be traveling to all seven continents over the next two years.


Subject Won’t Be Verb + ing
I won’t be traveling to France next year.
You won’t be laughing if that happens!
He/she/it won’t be doing anything all day tomorrow.
We won’t be presenting to the board next month.
They/you (plural) won’t be advertising in India next quarter.

Yes/No Questions

Will Subject Be Verb + ing
Will I be walking all day on the hike?
Will you be traveling in Argentina next month?
Will he/she/it be snowing all week?
Will we be spending too much money if we buy that TV?
Will they/you (plural) be playing that movie that we want to see?

Short Answers

Yes, Subject + Will + (Be)
Yes, I will (be).
Yes, you will (be).
Yes, he/she/it will (be).
Yes, we will (be).
Yes, they/you (plural) will (be).

Short Answers

No Subject + Won’t (+be)
No, I won’t (be)
No, you won’t (be)
No, he/she/it won’t (be)
No, we won’t (be)
No, they/you (plural) won’t (be)

Information Questions

Wh- Word Have/Has Subject Past Participle
Who has she talked to about the problem?
What have we done to the Earth?
When has she learned from her mistake?
Where have you been all my life?
How have I grown professionally?
How long have they been together?
Why has it taken so long?
Wh- Word (subject) Will Be Subject Verb + ing
Who will be hosting the party?
What will be happening when we arrive?