Japanese time tenses

I wanted to know how to use a Japanese verb in different time (future, past, present).

Would you help me figure out the time of these sentences :


Google translate says it is future?? Like: I will eat??! , but Duolingo says present.


Rosetta stone says it is present. Google translate says it is present progressive??!


Google translate says this one is present like : I eat. But I am still confused :/


google translate considers this as a past tense.

Please help me in Japanese time verbs, and correct the errors of these sentences (if they're future, past ...).


July 10, 2017


Hi! In Japanese, there are two tenses: past and non-past. Non-past includes the present and future tense in English. So, if there is no context, 「私は食べる。」 can mean both I eat and I will eat. There is a verb form called progressive form that makes it into present progressive. It is「私は食べている。」(The 「ている」 makes the verb become present progressive.)

July 10, 2017

So, is 私は食べた。(わたしはたべた。) a past tense?

July 11, 2017

Yes. Also, I recommend this site: Kanji Link for more grammar info.

July 11, 2017


July 11, 2017
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