(1)分析选择项中动词时态构成形式是否正确，将错误的予以排除。 e.g. What’s the matter with you You pale.
A. are looking B. look C. have looked D. looked e.g. I a glass while I the dinner.
A. broke…cooked B. broke…was cooking C. was breaking…cooked D. was breaking…was cooking
(2)利用标志时态的信息词。 e.g. Since then I the mail.
A. are expecting B. have expected C. was expecting D. have been expecting
e.g. By the time you get to Beijing tomorrow, I for Shanghai.
A. am leaving B. shall have left C. will leave D. have already left
e.g. She was told that the examination on Friday.
A. will be given B. has been given C. would be given D. is given
e.g. The teacher told the children that water at 100℃.
A. boils B. was boiling C. boiled D. was boiled
主句必须是现在时或将来时，从句是过去时，主句必须是过去时，在包含when, as soon as, before, after, until等复合句中，如主句、从句动作发生在不同时间，先发生的用过去完成时。
e.g. When I see Jean in the street, she always at me.
A. smiled B. has never been C. had been nev D. smiles
e.g. As my mother here before, I had to meet her at the station.
A. had never been B. had been never C. has never been D. never was
(4)利用频度副词确定时态。常用的有：always, often, never, ever, usually, rarely, occasionally,hardly, just等。
e.g. We our breakfast when an old man came to the door.
A. just had had B. just have had C. have just ha D. had just had