The simple past tense

Form (structure)  Meaning & Use  Pronunciation 

? English has two types of verbs in the past tense:   Regular verbs  Irregular verbs        Look at the following list of past tense verbs« which verbs are regular.How do we form the simple past tense . . and which are irregular? taught walked studied gave became cried lived did . .

Regular verbs are verbs that «. «end with ²ed ed Simple Form Walk Study Cry Live Past Tense .

. «DON·T end with ²ed ed some irregular verbs Have a vowel change in the past tense: Simple Form become give drive forget Past Tense became gave drove forgot .Irregular verbs are verbs that . . .

other irregular verbs Have a different kind of change: Past Simple teach taught bring brought Leave left Hear heard Buy bought .

And some irregular verbs don·t change at all . Simple hit put set Past hit put set The children set the table every Sunday. . . The children set the table last night. .

For regular verbs. . When I was a child. I ___________ the piano. Donna ______________ and _______________ in Paris when she was younger. simply use the ±ed form of the verb in a positive sentence.

Last week. The students _____________ a speech in English. I ___________ you a letter. They __________ a great job! . use the correct past tense form in positive sentences.For irregular verbs.

USE I went to work yesterday.For negative sentences. . Carl didn·t go to work because he was sick.

just use: . Instead. Never use DID NOT or DIDN·T with the verb BE.Exception = VERB BE! The verb be is special.

Meaning & Use In what situations do English speakers use the simple past tense?  Completed actions in the past What are some common time expressions used with the past tense? .

They got married two years ago ago. . vocabulary tests. Last Friday the students took their spelling and Friday.Examples: I saw Maria yesterday yesterday.

pronunciation The ²ed ending in English has: .

Some regular verbs end with a t ´tµ sound: Walked Laughed Washed Talked jumped .

Some regular verbs end with a d ´dµ sound: planned played learned answered loved .

Other regular verbs end with idµ an ´id sound: These verbs have an extra syllable: Simple Form Past Tense .

. And with practice. which have a d sound. However. and which have an id sound. It·s a good idea for students to make a list of which ²ed verbs have a t sound.There are rules that tell us how to pronounce the ²ed. you can start to learn and memorize correct pronunciation.

quia.Student Practice: Go to this website with a classmate to practice what you have learned or reviewed today: 418.html .

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