English tense patterns are made up of these basic parts:
These exercises are designed to help you practice:
- using them in common situations
- Thinking about their different meanings to make better choices
- Putting them together to create sentence with more exact meanings
Practicing using these tense patterns helps you become more familiar with how people typically use them.
Thinking about their differences and the ways they can be put together helps you become more flexible in the way you use them, so you can apply them to any situation.
Being familiar with the language and being able to use it flexibly is the key to fluency. Both sides are required – the ability to remember chunks of language and the ability to put them together and create.