Name That French Tense Activity – Practice Using French Tenses

Comparing French and English Tenses

Name That Tense is an activity for advanced learners of French to practice verb tenses. This set of 200 practice cards provides a challenging review.

STEP 1 – Begin by using the cards written in French, and simply identify and name the tenses you read without translating.

STEP 2 – CHALLENGE: Use the cards written in English, name the French tense that needs to be used, then translate the sentences to French.

These practice cards provide an excellent opportunity to review why each tense is chosen for a particular sentence. Translations are included. It can be very interesting to compare French and English sentence structure. There are many similarities, and many big differences as well. That’s when it’s time to pay close attention!

The first 50 cards in each set use these tenses: le présent, l’imparfait, le futur simple, le passé composé, le conditionnel, le plus-que-parfait et le conditionnel passé.

The second 50 cards in each set use all of the tenses mentioned above, and also include cards using: le futur antérieur, le subjonctif, le subjonctif passé, l’impératif, et le passé récent. Many si clauses are included.

SAMPLE CARDS FROM THE SET

Present Tense – Depuis, Pendant, Il y a



Imperfect Tense



Le Futur Simple


Le Passé Composé


Le Conditionnel

2nd Conditional Si Clauses


Le Plus-Que-Parfait


Le Conditionnel Passé


Le Futur Antérieur

Using the Future Tense with Quand


Le Subjonctif


Le Subjonctif Passé


L’impératif


Venir De + Imperfect Tense




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