↓Verb Tenses in English

Illustrated using the verb “to make”

   Keys to remember
      Past    Present    Future
 simple verbs have no helper except in future tense Simple past = made Simple present = make/makes Simple future =
will make
Progressive tense always uses “ing” Progressive = was/weremaking Progressive = am/is/are making Progressive =
will be making
Perfect tense always uses the helper verb “to have” Perfect =
had made
Perfect =
has/have made
Perfect =
will have made
perfect progressive tense uses both the helper verb “to have” and “ing Perfect Progressive =
had been making
Perfect Progressive = has/have been making Perfect Progressive =
will have been making

See also: Verb Tenses–Perfect and Progressive