The history of the development of the tense category in Turkic languages is considered in the article. The main purpose of the research conducted within the article is to study the tense category in Turkic languages from the point of view of historical development and to analyze the tense category in diachronic plan on the basis of materials of different Turkic languages. For the first time in the article, based on the materials of the Altai, Turkish, Tungus-Manchurian, Azerbaijani, Kazakh, Tatar and other Turkic languages the tense category is investigated in a comparison. The comparative, historical-comparative and typological methods of linguistics were used in the research. In order to shed light on the degree of development of the research topic and to justify its relevance, the scientific and theoretical literature is also studied extensively and comprehensively.
As the principles of concrete classification of tense forms in the grammar of Turkic languages have not yet been determined, it confirms the relevance of the research. In the article, as a result of research based on the materials of the Turkic languages, the author concludes that the forms of tense observed in the stages of historical development of the Turkic languages have more modal shades. This is due to the fact that they are closely related to the aspect category. The analysis of the scientific-theoretical literature presented during the research and the obtained scientific results may have special importance for Turkologists, researchers conducting research on the history of language.