Each verb tense is for a
different time. You
know which time it is by
the time phrases. These
words and phrases help
you pick the right verb
tense.

The lesson below shows
you a list of common
time phrases for the
simple verb tenses.
Time phrases are words that show the verb tense we need to
use.  Here are the main examples:

Past

Yesterday
  • Yesterday I ate sushi.


Last
...
night, week, month, year, class, time

  • I watched TV last night.
  • Last year I started university.


Ago
3 years ago, 8 days ago, 5 hours ago, etc.

  • He arrived 3 hours ago.
  • She finished the test 30 minutes ago.


Past Times
in 1992, in March, on Tuesday

  • I worked on Tuesday.
  • He started in February.


Present

This
This month, This week, etc.

  • This month I am studying French.


Nowadays, This moment, These days, Right now, Presently,
Currently

  • He is sleeping right now.
  • Currently they live in Spain.


Future

Tomorrow

  • Tomorrow I will go home.


Next...
month, year, class

  • Next week I will buy a car.
  • Next year I will begin high school.


In...
In 3 minutes, in 8 days, in 2 years, etc.

  • In 2 hours we will leave.
  • They will arrive in 2 weeks.


Future Times

In January, In 2015, etc.

  • I will finish university in 2015.
  • He will arrive in 30 minutes.
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