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Knowing the tenses does not guarantee that you will speak fluently. However , it is a great tool to help is practice. In this post we are going to share a FREE PDF file ready to download of a summary of the English tenses.
Many students know how to answer questions, fill in the blanks, and pass quizzes and exams but when they have to speak in English they face many problems. How can this happen? Why do I know the rules but have so many inconveniences when I want to talk to someone in English?
When students learn grammar they tend to focus too much on the grammar rules and structure. This is, how to use the do and does, the position of the auxiliary, the correct use of the verb etc. Although this is good to know it has no communicative value. Knowing how to order a structure cannot guarantee that we speak correctly because there is no communicative approach. The problem is that students are used to doing many exercises which assess their knowledge on structure but have no approach on when to use them on how these structures can benefit the learners when they want to communicate.
So what do we have to do? We have to learn the USE of the tenses as well as the structure. We need to learn WHEN TO USE TENSES and HOW THESE TENSES CAN HELP US COMMUNICATE BETTER. For example, we need to learn the structure of PRESENT SIMPLE TENSE but then the use. In this case: WE USE THE PRESENT SIMPLE TO DESCRIBE ROUTINES, HABITS and FACTS. By doing this we will benefit more from learning the English Tenses.
The following PDF TENSE TABLE includes the USE and I strongly recommend all of you to print it so that you can practice.
LINK: ENGLISH TENSE TABLE – FREE PDF DOWNLOAD