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GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Past Tense?
A past tense (abbreviated pst) is a grammatical tense that places an action or situation in the past of the current moment (in an absolute tense system), or prior to some other event, whether that is past, present, or future (in a relative tense system). Not all languages mark verbs for the past tense (Mandarin Chinese, for example, does not); in some languages, the grammatical expression of tense is mixed with the expression of mood and/or aspect (see Tense-aspect-mood). In English, there are two verb forms which are commonly called "past tense", the so-called simple past, sometimes misleadingly called the preterite, which is a true tense, and the present perfect, which is generally considered an aspect rather than a tense. These combine with other aspects including the continuous and progressive aspects to create several additional forms: Simple past is formed for regular verbs by adding -d or – ed to the root of a word. Examples: He walked to the store, or They danced all night.
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The past simple tense in usually the second tense students learn so they will need a lot of practice. It can be difficult to think of multiple interesting exercises for one tense or grammar point but by browsing through the 890 Past Simple worksheets on this page, you are bound to find something your students will enjoy. When you first introduce the past tense, students will likely start applying the idea of forming past tense verbs by adding –ed to irregular verbs. In order to prevent students from practicing incorrect material, you can structure your lessons around specific verbs. This way, students can practice –ed verbs for several lessons before being introduced to any irregular verbs. This worksheet is full of great past simple activities and is an example of what you can expect to find on this page. The exercises are increasingly difficult so you can either use the whole thing as a review once your students have learned all about the past simple tense or split it up so that they use the first page when learning about using was and wasn’t and use other pages later on. The whole worksheet is very clearly laid out, interesting, and funny. You may choose to develop either or both of the last two pages into discussions. This is just one of many worksheets available so look at others and choose the one that best suits your class.

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Gap-fill Story with Vocabulary and Verb Tenses

Gap-fill Story with Vocabulary and Verb Tenses

BusyTeacher Contributor
In this worksheet learners are asked to fill in a story about Tom, with illustrations to facilitate them write the words needed and also to put the verbs in brackets in the the right past tense. I ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple vs Past Continuous Quiz

Past Simple vs Past Continuous Quiz

•, Past Simple
A handy way to gauge how much your students know already about the differences between the two tenses. I normally use this after having asked a few questions using a combination of past simple and ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

It's a good poem to learn irregular verbs. The three forms of the verbs are structured in a verse. It's an easy way to remember them. This worksheet is very good for students of different levels f ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
In the Past (2)

In the Past (2)

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This is PowerPoint presentation that is appropriate for intermediate students. You can use it for teaching past tense and used to, and also new vocabulary items. It shows how  people live, tr ...
3 Intermediate
In the Past

In the Past

•Past Simple,
This is PowerPoint presentation that is appropriate for intermediate students. You can use it for teaching past tense and used to, and also new vocabulary items. It shows  how people live, tr ...
2 Intermediate
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Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine

This is a power-point presentation which is useful for young learners and elementary students (adult). It's suitable for reviewing weather related vocabulary and appropriate clothes to wear in dif ...
4 Complete Beginner Elementary
Past Simple

Past Simple

Ana Cristina
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In this worksheet there are seven different activities about simple past tense. You can use it as a review of the past simple. In these activities there are regular and irregular verbs and qu ...
5 Elementary
Simple Past and Present (to Be)

Simple Past and Present (to Be)

•Past Simple,
This power-point presents the simple present and simple past tenses of the verb to be (affirmative, negative and interrogative forms). It is appropriate for elementary students. This file contains ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary
What's Weather Like?

What's Weather Like?

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This is a worksheet which is useful for teaching and reviewing weather related vocabulary and simple present and past (be). Appropriate for young learners and elementary students. Also there is a ...
5 Complete Beginner Elementary
Past Simple Tense - Affirmative and Negative

Past Simple Tense - Affirmative and Negative

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The worksheet deals with forming the past simple affirmative and negative sentences by use of "+" and "-" signs. The learners are supposed to modify the verb by means of the third person "s" and/o ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
The Titanic

The Titanic

This worksheet aims at practising different skills, after having read some information about the Titanic accident. It includes comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, past simple and past c ...
2 Elementary
Past Simple Revision Worksheet

Past Simple Revision Worksheet

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This is a 3-page worksheet for revising the past simple tense at elementary level. There are 6 different activities in which students are asked to complete the sentences with was or were, put ...
5 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
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English Assessment

English Assessment

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It is an activity to evaluate past simple tense. There is a reading comprehension about an American legend very popular as Johnny Appleseed. Another activity is incomplete sentences and finally gr ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple - Irregular Verbs - Crossword

Past Simple - Irregular Verbs - Crossword

•Past Simple,
A simple crossword to help students memorize some basic irregular verbs (the past simple tense). It can be used as a warm-up activity as well as a closing activity. Also, this short activity is pe ...
3 Elementary
Simple Past and Past Continuous Worksheet

Simple Past and Past Continuous Worksheet

•, Past Simple
In this worksheet you will find an exercise to complete with simple past, some of the vocabulary may be a bit difficult. You may need to pre teach some of the verbs. And the second exercise to cho ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
Grammar Worksheet: Leonardo da Vinci

Grammar Worksheet: Leonardo da Vinci

It is a grammar worksheet to practice the past simple tense. It is a brief biography about a great artist, inventor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci. It can be used as a test or just grammar drill. ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
In the Old Days PowerPoint

In the Old Days PowerPoint

This PowerPoint contains some information about what  people use to do in the old days. Some pictures were inserted to convey the meaning. There are some CCQs to check the language learners' ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Time Line

Time Line

andrea
Here are two biographies of two famous Chilean people, very useful information about the past of these 2 poets, Pablo Neruda and Gabriela Mistral. Your students will be able to build a timeline wi ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary
Writing Practice - Tenses Review

Writing Practice - Tenses Review

This writing worksheet asks students to present the given information using the appropriate tenses. It can be adjusted to include targeted vocabulary and expressions. "You are applying for a ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Writing Practice - Past Simple

Writing Practice - Past Simple

This exercise asks your students to use the simple past tense in writing. This can be adjusted to include targeted vocabulary or expressions. Write about what Peter did last Saturday using Simple ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Tense Review Worksheet (Simple Past, Present Perfect, Past Perfect)

Tense Review Worksheet (Simple Past, Present Perfect, Past Perfect)

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This worksheet includes some exercises about 'simple past vs present perfect' and 'simple past vs past perfect' for intermediate level students. It also contains some exercises about conjunctions ...
5 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Speaking: Practicing Tenses, Passives, and Other Structures

Speaking: Practicing Tenses, Passives, and Other Structures

This worksheet is to practice different tenses, passive voice and some other structures. Cut the table out, divide the rectangles off and distribute them to your students. They are supposed to say ...
5 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced Exam Level
Charades - Past Continuous

Charades - Past Continuous

•, Past Simple
This game helps demonstrate and practice the difference between the past simple and past continuous tenses. Split your class into two teams. Explain what the word  charades means – us ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Ironic

Song Worksheet: Ironic

julieta
The purpose of this song is to practise past simple and to enjoy listening to it by doing easy matching and filling exercises based on pictures. It is mainly targeted to an elementary level but i ...
2 Elementary
Movie Worksheet: Bear Grylls [TV Series

Movie Worksheet: Bear Grylls [TV Series "Escape from Hell"]

This worksheet is based on the Bear Grylls` TV series "Escape From Hell". The worksheet follows the first (on some websites it is marked as second) episode "Snow"in order of narration. It is ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced

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