There are certain languages where verb tenses are not important neither do they exist but in English, tenses are very important. We will teach you how to avoid confusing tense with time and how to structure the 12 basic tenses, with examples using a regular verb, an irregular verb, and the verb "be".
Tense and Time
You must not confuse the name of a verb tense with time.
It’s very important not to confuse the name of a verb tense with the how we use it to talk about time.
For example, a present tense may not always indicate the present time:
Or a past tense may not always indicate time in the past:
More about Tense and Time(link)
There are 12 tenses in active voice and 12 tenses in passive voice which equals to a total of 24 basic tenses.
For past tense and present tense, there are 2 non-complex tenses and 6 complex tenses when we use auxiliary or helping verbs.
To these, we can add 4 modal tenses when we talk about the future by using the modal-auxiliary verbs will andshall.
All of the above make a total of 12 tenses in the active voice.
We also have another 12 tenses which are available in the passive voice.
Here are some charts and examples for Basic Tenses(link)
Basic Tenses with Regular Verbs
These are the usual structures of basic tenses with regular verbs: