Lindsay McMahon
"The English Adventurer"

Today you’ll find out what verb tenses you need for IELTS Speaking and Writing.

Recently, a student asked about how to use the past perfect tense.

This is, in fact, a verb tense you probably never need to use on your exam.

You can’t choose different, more “complicated” verb tenses, to try and be impressive with your grammarThere is no choice- a verb tense is either right or wrong.

As to the the past perfect, even native speakers pause to think when they have to use it, because it is so rare!



These are the verb tenses you need to use correctly on IELTS:

  • Present simple– general truths, descriptions of things existing now, telling stories that occurred in the past (If you use the “historical present” for past stories, remember to be consistent and not switch tenses.)


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  • Past simple– actions or things finished in the past
  • Present perfect– introduces or outlines past experiences (then details about the experience with be told with past simple)
  • Present continuousplans in the near future
  • Will/going tofuture plans/ideas (Don’t worry too much about the difference between “will” and “going to”, as even natives often use these interchangeably)

To make a long story short, don’t get hung up on grammar details and rules.

It is a better, more intelligent use of your time, if you focus on improving your scores in the other categories in Speaking and Writing.

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