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  1. I agree with the previous speakers, because only practice brings any skill to automatism.

    Practice makes perfect – there is such a saying in English. Practice is undoubtedly the path to perfection.

    However, let me clarify about ALL 12 tenses in English. Even native speakers don't use all of them in everyday speech.

    If you divide any table with times diagonally, you will get what you really need for comfortable communication: all the tenses of the present, the first 3 from the past, and only one Future Simple from the future.

    And here it is also better to understand when and why these times are being used up, so the training process should take into account:
    1) Present Simple VS Present Continuous
    2) Past Simple VS Present Perfect (Continuous)
    3) Past Continuous
    4) Past perfect
    5) Future tenses and constructions (will, going to, Present Continuous for future actions)
    6) Questions and auxiliaries

    As a separate item, I highlight point 6 – the way questions are constructed and the concept of auxiliary verbs, because this helps to structure the system of constructing sentences – narrative, negative, interrogative.

    The remaining tenses can be parsed for general development, they can be found in scientific articles or literature, just to understand why they exist and why they are used in specific meanings, but it is not necessary to train in speech, because these topics are enough for comfortable live communication.

  2. Well, you need to practice as much as possible. English is not math, except for the first time – you can't just memorize formulas and say “what a great guy I am”.

    In my experience, I can say that often it's not even in the times, but in a small vocabulary. Because of the lack of words, you just start to get nervous and dodge all sorts of complex constructions, panic begins, tin, blood and gore, everyone is dead and you start to blame everything on the times.

    But if you are still sure that it's all about time, then first of all, you should clearly understand in your head what time is used and when, and as simply as possible. For example, present simple is a fact, or just a fact, and present continuous is right here right now. You'll catch up on any complex usage cases later, and they'll only confuse you.

    Well, go ahead-practice! You can't learn a language in 3 months, no matter what all the guys from English First and tutors say to you FROM 3200 per hour. You need constant practice in any form: music, movies, TV shows, correspondence, video games, communication with foreigners (in your case, the best choice) – if you want, you can now find English everywhere and just practice using it. Surround yourself with language, so that it is everywhere and you feel sick and everything will definitely work out for you!

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