Choosing the Correct Verb Tense
1. Does Tense = Time ?
2. Situation and Time Words determine Time
3. Time chooses Tense (not the other way around)
4. Present Time (Now)
5. Future Time
6. Past Time
Future with “will”
I will leave tomorrow
Future with “be going to”
I am going to leave tomorrow.
Future Continuous tense
I will be leaving tomorrow.
Future with Present Continuous tense
I am leaving tomorrow
Future with Present tense
I leave tomorrow.
Facts: Use Simple Past Tense only
I ate my breakfast at 7:00 this morning.
Relationship between two times.
I had eaten my breakfast when my roommate left.
Relationship between events.
I was eating my breakfast when the telephone rang.