3 Facts On Use Of Find In Tense(Present, Past And Future)

Verbs tell the time (tense) of an action or activity. The time of action can be in the past, future, or present. This article will examine the usage of “find” in all tense forms.

The verb “find” means to locate something after searching or by accident or chance, to discover, to learn, to attain, to gain, to point out, and to determine. The verb “find” undergoes inflections while used in the future, present, and past tense and their forms (simple, perfect, continuous, and perfect continuous).

In this article, with various examples and explanations, we will learn how and when the word “find” is used in all English tenses to denote time.

“Find” in present tense

When an action word is in the present tense, it means that the activity is taking place now or occurs regularly. Here, we shall learn the usage of “find” in present tense forms.

The verb “find” in the present tense after undergoing some grammatical inflections takes up forms like ‘find’, ‘finds’, ‘is/am/are finding,’ ‘has/have found,’ and ‘has/have been finding’.

When is “find” used in the present tense?

The verb “find” in the present tense is utilized to represent the current ongoing actions or regularly occurring activities of locating something or someone, having an opinion, learning, discovering, attaining, determining, and pointing out.

Sentence formation of “find” in the present tense

Forms Of  Present TenseStructures
1. Simple Present Tensea. First/second person plural/singular Subject + find+ object + last part of the sentence
 
b. Third person singular subject + finds + object + end of the sentence
 
c. Plural third person subject + find+ object +  final part of the sentence
2. Present Continuous Tensea. Singular first Person subject + am + finding+ object+ remaining sentence
 
b. Plural first person subject + are + finding + object + remaining part of the sentence
 
c. Singular/plural second person + are + finding + object + remaining sentence
 
d. Singular third person + is + finding + remaining+ object + final part of the sentence
 
e. Plural third person + are+ finding + object + end of the sentence
3. Present Perfect Tensea. Singular/plural first person subject + have + found + object + sentence end
 
b. Singular/plural second person subject + have+ found + object + remaining of the sentence
 
c. Singular third person subject + has + found + object + final part of the sentence
 
d. Plural third person subject + have + found+ object + remaining sentence
4. Present Perfect Continuous Tensea. Singular/plural first person subject + have + been + finding + object + sentence end
 
b. Singular/plural second person subject + have + been + finding + object + end of the sentence
 
c. Singular third person subject + has + been + finding+ object + end of the sentence
 
d. Plural third person subject + have + been + finding+ object + rest of the sentence
Sentence Structures Of “Find” In Past Tense Forms

Examples of “find” in the present tense

ExamplesExplanations
a. I/We/ You find this movie quite interesting because it has a very gripping storyline.
 
b. Sajaad finds this movie quite interesting because it has a very gripping storyline.
 
c. People find this movie quite interesting because it has a very gripping storyline.
The verb “find” and the grammatically inflected form ‘finds’ are used in the present simple tense in these sentences. The usage of the simple present tense conveys that the subject’s action of having an opinion about the movie is a current activity.
a. I am finding the most appropriate responses to all the probabilities listed.
 
b. We are finding the most appropriate responses to all the probabilities listed.
 
c. You are finding the most appropriate responses to all the probabilities listed.
 
d. Sachitha is finding the most appropriate responses to all the probabilities listed.
 
e. Ramya and Preetam are finding the most appropriate responses to all the probabilities listed.
In all these given examples, the letters ‘-ing’ is added to the base verb “find” in order to form the present continuous form, ‘finding’ to mark the present ongoing (continuing to take place now) action of the subject determining the most appropriate responses to all the probabilities listed.
a. After months of searching, I/we have found the key to unlock the long- forgotten secret.
 
b. After months of searching, you have found the key to unlock the long- forgotten secret.
 
c. After months of searching, Vinaya has found the key to unlock the long- forgotten secret.
 
d. After months of searching, the boys have found the key to unlock the long- forgotten secret.
The past participle of the verb “find” is ‘found’. The verb “find” is used in the present perfect tense as ‘has/have found’ with has/have. Its usage shows that the subject’s action of discovering the key to unlock the long forgotten secret has occurred after searching for a long time (past) and thus shows that the action of the past (searching the key) has its effect on the present (finding the key). 
a. Since the issue began, I/We have been finding easy ways to sort it out at the earliest.
 
b. Since the issue began, you have been finding easy ways to sort it out at the earliest.
 
c. Since the issue began, the leader has been finding easy ways to sort it out at the earliest.
 
d. Since the issue began, the members of the board have been finding easy ways to sort it out at the earliest.   
 
Here, the base verb “find” is used as ‘has/have been finding’ in the present perfect continuous in order to convey that since the issue began (an action that happened or occurred sometime back in the past), the subject is continuing (present) to search for easy ways to sort out the problem as early as possible.
Usage Of “Find” In Present Tense

“Find” in past tense

When an action word is in the past tense, it means that the activity has already occurred. Here, we will find out the usage of the verb “find” in past tense forms.

The verb “find” in the past tense goes through some inflections and has several forms like found,’ ‘was/were finding,’ ‘had found,’ and ‘had been finding.’

When is “find” used in the past tense?

The verb “find” in the past tense is used to show completed actions of locating someone or something after searching, discovering, learning, determining, attaining, pointing out, and having an opinion.

Sentence formation of “find” in the past tense

Forms Of Past TenseStructures
1. Simple Past TenseFirst/second/third person plural/singular Subject + found + object + end of the sentence
2. Past Continuous Tensea. First person singular subject + was+ finding + object + remaining sentence
 
b. First person plural subject + were + finding + object + remaining sentence
 
c. Second person plural/singular subject + were+ finding + object + end of the sentence
 
d. Third person singular subject + was + finding+ object + rest of the sentence
 
e. Third person plural subject + were + finding + object + final part of the sentence
3. Past Perfect TenseFirst/second/third singular/plural subject + had + found +object + sentence end
4. Past Perfect Continuous TenseFirst/second/third plural/singular subject + had + been + finding+ remaining part of the sentence
Sentence Structures Of “Find” In Past Tense Forms

Examples of “find” in the past tense

ExamplesExplanations
 I/We/You/he/They found this bag in the middle of the deserted road last night.       In this sentence, the verb “find” is used in its simple past tense form as ‘found’ after undergoing the inflections. Usage of the verb form ‘found’ reveals that the subject’s action of locating the bag in the middle of the deserted road has already taken place last night (the night before or the previous night).  
a. When she called me yesterday, I was finding all possible ways to solve the dispute.
 
b. When she called us yesterday, we were finding all possible ways to solve the dispute.
 
c. When she called you yesterday, you were finding all possible ways to solve the dispute.
 
 
d. When she called him yesterday, Suresh was finding all possible ways to solve the dispute.  
 
e. When she called them yesterday, the employers were finding all possible ways to solve the dispute.
‘Was/were finding’ is the past continuous form of the verb “find” formed by the addition of ‘-ing’ to the base verb. The usage of the past continuous tense here shows that when she called the subject yesterday (the previous day), the subject’s action of searching for all possible ways to solve the dispute was taking place (continuing in the past).
I/We/You/He/They had found the truth even before Vikrant accepted he was guilty.       ‘Found’, is the past participle of the action word “find” and aids to form the past perfect tense ‘had found’. The usage of the past perfect tense in this example reveals that the subject learned, discovered, or came to know the truth even before Vikrant accepted he was guilty.
I/We/You/he/ They had been finding errors in the thesis until the last day of submission.   The verb “find” in this sentence is used in the past perfect continuous tense as ‘had been finding’. The usage of the past perfect continuous tense heremarks that the subject’s action of pointing out errors in the thesis was taking place until the last day of submission.  
Usage Of “Find” In Past Tense

“Find” in future tense

When an action word is in the future tense, it means that the action is yet to occur and has not yet occurred. Here, we will understand the usage of “find” in future tense forms.

The verb “find” in the future tense takes several forms such as ‘will/shall find,’ ‘will/shall have found,’ ‘will/shall be finding,’ and ‘will/shall have been finding.’

When is “find” used in the future tense?

The verb “find” in the future tense is used to denote the yet-to-take-actions of searching, learning, determining, discovering, pointing out, attaining, having an opinion, or locating.

Sentence formation of “find” in the future tense

Forms of Future TenseStructures
1. Simple Future TenseFirst/second/third plural/singular subject + will + find+ object + end of the sentence
2. Future Continuous TenseFirst/second/third plural/singular subject + will + be+ finding + object +sentence end
3. Future Perfect TenseFirst/second/third singular/plural subject + will + have+ found+ object + sentence end
4. Future Perfect Continuous TenseFirst/second/third plural/singular subject + will + have+ been + finding + object + sentence end
Sentence Structures Of “Find” In Future Tense Forms

Examples of “find” in the future tense

ExamplesExplanations
I/We/You/She/They will find the person responsible for the mishap by tomorrow.  The simple future tense of “find”, ‘will find’ is utilized in this sentence to denote that the subject’s action of discovering the person responsible for the mishap will occur tomorrow (the day after today).
I/We/You/He/ They will be finding the best trainers to train the children.‘Will be finding’ is the future continuous form of the action word “find” and its usage tells that the subject’s action of choosing the best trainers is yet to take place. 
By next week, I/We/You/She/ They will have found the reasons behind the glitches in the application.    Will have found’, the future perfect form of the action “find” is used here to show that the actions of discovering or learning the reasons behind the glitches in the application will have happened by next week.
I/We/You/She/They will have been finding their way back to the mansion tomorrow morning.   The future perfect continuous tense, ‘will have been finding’ is used to denote the subject’s action of discovering the way back to the mansion will happen tomorrow morning.
Usage Of “Find” In Future Tense

Conclusion

This article helps us understand how the action word “find” is used in various tense forms to convey different meanings in different situations and contexts.

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