10 active verb forms 1 future, present and past; simple, progressive and perfect English verbs can refer to future, present or past time.
future: She wUl see you tomorrow.
present: I'm watching you.
past: Who said that?
For each kind of time, there are three possibilities with most verbs: simple,
progressive (be+ -ing) and perfect (have+ past participle).
simple present: I start
present p'rogressive: I am starting
present perfect: I have started
2 verb forms ('tenses') and time There is not a direct relationship between verb forms and time. For example, a
past verb like went is not only used to talk about past events (e.g. We went to
Morocco last January), but also about unreal or uncertain present or future
events (e.g. It would be better if we went home now). And present verbs can be
used to talk about the future (e.g. I'm seeing Peter tomorrow). Also, progressive
and perfect forms express ideas that are not simply concerned with time - for
example continuation, completion, present importance.