English Language

THE PAST TENSE

A verb which is in past tense shows what has already happened.

Example: Tito liked his grandmother’s story.

The verb liked tells that the action in the sentence happened before now.

Rules for forming the Past Tense

  1. Most verbs: Add -ed

Play – played

Talk – talked

See also  PRONOUNS

Climb – climbed

  1. Verbs ending with e: Add -d

Praise – praised

Hope – hoped

Wipe – wiped

  1. Verbs ending with a consonant and -y: change the y to i and add -ed

Carry – carried

 

Bury – buried

Study – studied

  1. Verbs ending with a single vowel and add-ed

Stop – stopped

See also  SUBJECT – VERB AGREEMENT

A consonant: Double the final consonant

Man – manned

Trip – tripped

Exercise 4

Write the past tense forms of each of the verbs in brackets in the following sentences.

  1. John _____________ his house burn into ashes. (w)
  2. The baby _____________ loudly. (cry)
  3. The teacher ______________ at the naughty student. (yell)
  4. The chef ______________ a delicious cake. (bake)
  5. We ______________ for a present for our grandmother. (shop)
See also  DESCRIPTIVE ADJECTIVES

See also:

VERBS TENSES

COMMON HELPING VERBS

DEMONSTRATIVE PRONOUNS

INDEFINITE PRONOUNS

CONTRACTIONS WITH PRONOUNS

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