- Verbs convey a sense of action or they convey the state of an entity.
- Verbs may also convey a sense of time.
- They may convey a sense that an event occurred in the past or that the event is presently occurring or that the event will occur in the future.
- The spelling of the verb may change for some of the expressions of time or auxiliary words may be required with the verb.
- The organization of verbs according to sense of time is called conjugation.
- The word tense means time.
We shall first explore the ways to express time utilizing the verb take for the demonstration.
- The example sentences have been written in first person (singular).
- First person is something I do.
- Second person is something you do.
- Third person is something she does (or he).
Below are examples of the present verb tense, the past verb tense, and the future verb tense.
- I take medicine for an allergy. (present tense)
- I took medicine for an allergy. (past tense)
- I will take medicine for an allergy. (future tense)
Notice the spelling change for past tense and the inclusion of an auxiliary word for future tense.