Tense Agreement Rules
When writing a sentence, it is important to think about when the action in your statement occurred. You should keep the tense uniform throughout the sentence when discussing things that happened at the same time. When referring to separate events, the tenses might differ, but it is important to recognize the difference. Below are some examples of tense agreement and disagreement.Subject Exercises:Tense Agreement Exercise
Talking About the Same Event
When I went
to the coffee house, I bought
Both 'went' and 'bought' are in past tense.Tense Disagreement
When I went
to the coffee house, I buy
'Went' is in past tense, but 'buy' is in present tense. They do not match.
Different Events at Different TimesTense Agreement
I biked to class last Monday, but today I am taking the bus.
'Biked' is past tense because it happened in the past. 'Taking' is present or future because this is happening or will happen today.Tense Disagreement
I bike to class last Monday, but today I am taking the bus.
Because it happened in the past, 'bike' should not be in present tense.Also See:
Tense Agreement Exercise
Verb Tenses ChartSubject Verb Agreement
Quick ExerciseHere are some examples of sentences with tense disagreement. Correct them so that the tenses match.