Tenses Exercises

One of the most important topics that every student goes through in English grammar is tenses. Tenses act as the base grammatical lesson for every student. It is essential that students are taught about the three basic tenses, i.e. present tense, past tense and future tense.

Knowing the various tenses of the verb will help students to form grammatically correct sentences. But students often don’t get enough worksheets to practise whatever they have learnt. So, to solve this problem, BYJU’S brings before you various free tenses exercises that students can solve.

Tenses Exercises with Answers

Do you know the best way to ensure that you are able to retain whatever you’ve learnt for a longer period of time? Practice! The more you practise worksheets or exercises of whatever you have learnt, the longer you can remember them. But the problem arises when there aren’t answers available with the worksheets/exercises for practice. With BYJU’S, you can get tense exercises with answers which will help check your understanding of tenses. Let’s take a look at the following tense practice exercises:

Identify the Type of Tenses

Go through the sentences provided below and identify the type of tenses.

  1. Damon drinks coffee every morning.
  2. The boy got up late and missed the bus.
  3. My mother goes to pray in the temple.
  4. The team is playing very well.
  5. The school will be closing for winter break.
  6. Leonard graduated from college last year.
  7. The baby has eaten all the chips.
  8. Have you read Pride and Prejudice?
  9. The train has just left the station.
  10. The sick child has been sleeping for three hours.
  11. They have known each other for a long time.
  12. Sam was going to school.
  13. When I went there, Bucky was playing video games.
  14. The workers have been working on the building for a long time.
  15. Penny had done her homework when her parents came back.
  16. Mr Arnold had been writing his last book for four months.
  17. I will move to Delhi soon.
  18. Mr Samuel will be staying in New York next week.
  19. Beverly will have left before you arrive to see her.
  20. Mr Peter will have been teaching for twelve years next month.


  1. Simple Present Tense 2. Simple Past Tense 3. Simple Present Tense 4. Present Continuous Tense 5. Future Continuous Tense 6. Simple Past Tense 7. Present Perfect Tense 8. Present Perfect Tense 9. Present Perfect Tense 10. Present Perfect Continuous Tense 11. Present Perfect Tense 12. Past Continuous Tense 13. Past Continuous Tense 14. Present Perfect Continuous Tense 15. Past Perfect Tense 16. Past Perfect Continuous Tense 17. Simple Future Tense 18. Future Continuous Tense 19. Future Perfect Tense 20. Future Perfect Continuous Tense.

Tense Practice Exercise

Be it the CBSE or ICSE boards, changing tenses is a common topic given to students to check their understanding of tenses. The following changing of tenses exercise will help students to develop a better grip on the various tenses. Students can solve these tense practice exercises for free. To ensure that students can check what they’ve answered, the answers to the following questions are provided below.

Exercise: Change the Tenses of the Following Sentences, as Directed

Go through the sentences and change their tenses as directed.

  1. The boy speaks the truth. (Present Continuous Tense)
  2. Mr Cooper has spoken about Dinosaurs. (Present Perfect Continuous Tense)
  3. The boat sailed yesterday. (Simple Present Tense)
  4. Amy went to school yesterday. ( Future Continuous Tense)
  5. The baby cried for hours. (Present Perfect Continuous Tense)
  6. Robert ate all the cookies. (Present Perfect Tense)
  7. I have finished my assignment. (Past Perfect Tense)
  8. Mr Bert had taught for five years. (Past Perfect Continuous Tense).
  9. Dev saw the Prime Minister yesterday. (Future Continuous Tense)
  10. Priya shall finish her stitching by then. (Future Perfect Tense)


  1. The boy is speaking the truth.
  2. Mr Cooper has been speaking about Dinosaurs.
  3. The boat sails today.
  4. Amy will be going to school tomorrow.
  5. The baby has been crying for hours.
  6. Robert has eaten all the cookies.
  7. I had finished my assignment.
  8. Mr Bert had been teaching for five years
  9. Dev will be seeing the Prime Minister tomorrow.
  10. Priya shall have finished her stitching by then.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is tense?

The tense of a verb denotes/refers to the time of an event/action.

What does ‘present continuous tense’ mean?

Present continuous tense refers to an action/event which is still in progress/happening at the time of speaking.

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