Quick Lesson: The Sequence of Tenses

  1. Use the present tense when referring to something that is permanently true.
  2. Do not substitute the past tense for the past perfect tense without regard to the meaning of the sentence.
  3. Use may, can, shall, and will if another verb in the sentence is in the present tense.
  4. Use night, could, should, and would if another verb in the sentence is in the past tense.