Shift in Verb Tenses Worksheets

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Fend off tense-inconsistent sentences with our free, printable shift in verb tenses worksheets! "Tense shift" occurs when the writer changes from one verb tense to another within the same sentence or paragraph. While an unnecessary or unreasonable shift in tense might affect clarity and make writing obscure, there are times when the tense rightly shifts from past to present or future to add to the effect. Identify if the shift in tense is appropriate or inappropriate using our shift in verb tenses worksheets pdf, which give children stacks of practice in this key aspect.

These worksheets are great for students in grade 5, grade 6, grade 7, and grade 8.

CCSS: L.5.1.D, L.6.1.C, L.8.1.D

Identifying the Appropriate and Inappropriate Shifts

The odds are many a time when you switch between past, present, and future tenses, things won't be as clear as you want them to, so be in control as you shift! Here, kids in grade 5 and grade 6 identify the tense shift and write if it's appropriate or inappropriate.

Identifying the Appropriate and Inappropriate Shifts

Choosing Sentences That Correctly Shift the Verb Tense

Accidental shifts happen when 5th grade and 6th grade children become distracted while they're writing a piece. Each question in this exercise has three sentences; students check the sentence where the tense shift is legitimate or not unmotivated.

Choosing Sentences That Correctly Shift the Verb Tense

Changing the Inconsistent Tense to Match the Underlined Tense

Help the wannabe writers in 7th grade and 8th grade remain tense-consistent with our printable shift in verb tenses worksheets! In this pdf, read each sentence; zero in on the underlined verb. Change the second verb so it matches the first verb in tense.

Changing the Inconsistent Tense to Match the Underlined Tense

Recognizing and Correcting Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Tense

Distinguish the wheat and chaff in tense-shift with our recognizing and correcting inappropriate shifts in verb tense worksheet! Help children upskill by asking them to read sentences, find the correct/incorrect tense shifts, and fix the incorrect shifts.

Recognizing and Correcting Inappropriate Shifts in Verb Tense

Correcting Inconsistent Shifts in a Story

A common, honest mistake in the tense-shift arena is to use a present progressive in an all-simple-present narrative, as in the first part of this story. Instruct the wordsmiths in grade 7 and grade 8 to fix the tense shifts and rewrite this story.

Correcting Inconsistent Shifts in a Story