What are past, present and future tense?

All verbs have a past, present and future form. Find out when to use them with BItesize KS1 English.

Past, present or future?

When you are writing, you can use words that show if the events have already happened, are happening now or will happen in the future.

  • The past tense is used for things that have already happened.

'He was sticky.'

  • The present tense is used when something is happening now or when something happens regularly.

'He is sticky.'

  • The future tense is used to talk about things that haven't happened yet.

'He will be sticky.'