How to remember the creation of all twelve tenses the most effectively?

This method, which I will show you here, I made up for my students so that you could remember the creation quickly and could use it easily also after long time.

The main principle consists of several words. At first you have to remember them and know what they mean. Using those six words we are able to make up all twelve tenses.

present, past, future, perfect, simple, continuous


When we have in the name of the tense „present“, the verb does not change – we can say „nothing happens“.

The same it is with „simple“.

When we have in the name of the tense „past“, we use past form of the verb.

When we have in the name of the tense „continuous“, we put „be + -ing“.

When we have in the name of the tense „perfect“, we put „have + past participle“.

When we have in the name of the tense „future“, we put „will“ in the sentence.




present – nothing happens

past – we use past form

future – we use will

simple – nothing happens

continuous – be + -ing

perfect – have + past participle


In reality we have to combine these rules to produce wanted tense in correct form.


For example:


present simple nothing + nothing = I work...   = > no change

present continuous nothing + be + - ing = I am working... = > be + - ing 

past simple past + nothing = I worked.... = > past 

past continuous past + be + - ing = I was working....  = > was/were + - ing

present perfect simple nothing + have + past participle + nothing = I have worked...   = > have + past participle

present perfect continuous nothing + have + past participle+ be + -ing =  I have been working. = > have been + - ing

past perfect simple past + have + past participle+ nothing = I had worked. = > had + past participle

past perfect continuous past+ have + past participle + be + - ing = I had been working...  = > had been + - ing

future simple will + nothing = I will work... = > will

future continuous will + be + - ing = I will be working... = > will be + - ing

future perfect simple will + have + past participle + nothing = I will have worked.  = > will have + past participle

future perfect continuous will + have + past participle+ be + - ing = I will have been working.  = > will have been + -ing


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