As above, the spelling of the base form changes for some terms in the simple past tense (e.g., cry → cried). You should also look out for irregular verbs, where the simple past tense and past participle forms may not follow these rules.
The Simple Future Tense
The simple future tense is used to refer to things happening at a later time:
I will finish this lesson.
You will stop.
Note that, unlike when using the simple present tense to refer to a scheduled event, you do not have to include a timeframe in the simple future tense.
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To form this tense, you simply add “will” before the base form of a verb:
She will go to college soon.
We will see the band play another time.
This rule applies for all variations of the simple future tense.
The Verb “Be” in the Simple Tenses
The verb “be” is a key word in English. It is also one of the irregular verbs we mentioned previously. This means its form changes in different situations:
First Person Singular/Plural
Second Person Singular/Plural
Third Person Singular/Plural
Make sure you use the correct form of this verb for the tense you are using.
Proofreading for Grammar
We’ve covered the basic rules for using the simple tenses above, but there are lots of variations. If you’re not sure of the spelling of a word, or the correct verb form to use in a specific tense, make sure to look it up online so you can avoid errors.