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Grammar Lesson: Tense Review

These pages provide a lesson aimed at reviewing names and structures of basic tenses. On the second page you will find a printable version of the lesson, as well as the answers to the exercises.

Aim: To inductively review both structure and names of basic tenses

Activity: Personal Questions with follow up tense name and auxillary verb quizzes

Level: Intermediate


  • Divide students into groups of 2 to 4
  • Have students take personal information quiz in groups
  • Check answers as a class, ask students to quickly speak about what they have learned about their fellow students
  • Have groups identify tense names used in questions
  • Give auxiliary verb exercise to students to be done individually
  • Correct auxiliary exercise in class

Personal Information Quiz

  1. When did you last see a film?
  2. How many times have you been abroad?
  3. What type of books do you like reading?
  4. When were you born?
  5. How long have you been learning English?
  6. What will the weather be like tomorrow?
  7. What were you doing at 7 o'clock yesterday evening?
  8. What are your parents doing?
  9. Where are your classes taught?
  10. What are you going to do after this course finishes?

What are the names of the tenses used in the above questions?

  • Past Continuous
  • Present Simple Passive
  • Present Perfect
  • Future Intent
  • Present Perfect Continuous
  • Past Simple Passive
  • Future Prediction
  • Present Simple
  • Present Continuous
  • Past Simple

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