Tuesday, 11 December 2012

Past Tense

The Past Tense
There are two types of past tense verbs:
regular verbs: add "ed" to the simple form
irregular verbs: don't add "ed"
Regular Verbs
Irregular Verbs
simple
past
simple
past
work
worked
be
was/were
live
lived
get
got
move
moved
go
went
walk
walked
put
put
open
opened
eat
ate
wait
waited
have
had
Remember to   write by hand
 
As you can see, regular verbs add ed to make the past tense (work / worked) and irregular verbs change their form entirely (go / went). The most important verb to learn first in the past tense is "be."
Be - Past Tense
Singular
Plural
I was
We were
You were
You were
He was
They were
She was
It was
write by hand
I was at school yesterday.
We were in New York last week.
It was cold this morning.

 Only the verb "be" changes its form for singular or plural. All the other verbs, regular and irregular use one form in the past tense, which makes this tense easy to use for making statements. More practice with this important verbs comes in 
Regular Verb: Learn
Subject + _____ed
Singular
Plural
I learned
We learned
You learned
You learned
He learned
They learned
She learned
It learned 



Past Tense Exercise

Part A.
Directions: Complete each sentence with the correct form of the verb in the past tense.
1. I ___________ to work earlier today. (go)
2. The students ___________ their homework. (finish)
3. He ____________ a big breakfast. (eat)
4. They ___________ to California. (move)
5. My bike ____________ a new tire. (need)
6. Jennifer ________ her laundry last weekend. (do)
7. She ___________ to the park with her dog. (walk)
8. You really ____________ me a lot. Thanks! (help)
9. We ____________ a new car. (get)
10. The computer ___________ on all night. (stay)

Part B.
Directions: Make each of the above sentences negative.
1. I __________________ to work earlier today. (go)
2. The students __________________ their homework. (finish)
3. He ___________________ a big breakfast. (eat)
4. They __________________ to California. (move)
5. My bike ___________________ a new tire. (need)
6. Jennifer _______________ her laundry last weekend. (do)
7. She __________________ to the park with her dog. (walk)
8. You really ___________________ me a lot. Thanks! (help)
9. We ___________________ a new car. (get)
10. The computer __________________ on all night. (stay)

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