Active and Passive Verb Tenses

English Active and Passive Verb Tenses

Active and Passive Verb Tenses


Tense Active
Present
simple
Reporters write news reports
Present
continuous
Michael is baking a brownie
Past
simple
The company hired new workers last year.
Past continuous The salesman
was helping the customer when the thief came into the store.
Present perfect They have already 
discussed the book.
Past
perfect
He had delivered the letters.
Future
simple
The company will 
hire new workers.
Infinitive She has to deliver the letters.
Modals She must deliver the letters.




 

Tense Passive
Present
simple
News reports are written by reporters
Present
continuous
A brownie is 
being baked by
Michael.
Past
simple
New workers were hired by the company last year.
Past continuous The customer was being 
helped by the salesman when the thief came into the sotre.
Present perfect The book has already 
been discussed.
Past
perfect
The letters had 
been delivered.
Future
simple
New workers will be hired
by the company.
Infinitive The letters have to 
be delivered.
Modals The letters must be 
delivered.

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