B1 Verb Tenses

According to the Council of Europe's CEFR Descriptors, a B1 learner:
  • Can reasonably fluently relate a straightforward narrative or description as a sequence of points.
  • Can give detailed accounts of experiences, describing feelings and reactions.
  • Can relate details of unpredictable occurrences, e.g. an accident.
  • Can relate the plot of a book or film and describe their reactions.
  • Can describe dreams, hopes and ambitions.
  • Can narrate a story.
  • Can introduce people from different backgrounds, showing awareness that some questions may be perceived differently, and invite other people to contribute their expertise and experience as well as their views.

The B1 and B2 levels are considered intermediate levels. This is where communication really begins to happen as you gain confidence in your language abilities. The English verb tenses considered to be at the B1 level allow you to be more specific as to when events happened, as well as your reaction to those events--both in the moment and over time. These verb tenses also allow you to ask others about their past experiences and future plans with more specificity.


Click the links below to learn more about how to form each of the B1 verb tenses, or

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