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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 797 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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Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

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This worksheet is a list of common English irregular verbs, including their base form, past simple, past participle. The list is to help French students learn the most common irregular verbs in En ...
5 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Movie Worksheet: George and Rosemary. Past Simple Practice

Movie Worksheet: George and Rosemary. Past Simple Practice

This is a nice video task for elementary students to practise the past simple tense. It is based on a 9-minute love story. This short film was even nominated for an Oscar! In the first task ss hav ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

The Happy Prince by Oscar Wilde

I try to smuggle some literary texts into my classes to make my students familiar with some of the great English writers and their work. This one is a grammar worksheet which I brought my students ...
5 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Simple - Regular Verbs

Past Simple - Regular Verbs

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This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the past simple form of regular verbs at elementary level. There are 7 different activities in which students are asked to write verbs, complete senten ...
4 Elementary
Verb Tenses Revision

Verb Tenses Revision

This worksheet is about distinguishing present simple, present continuous, simple past, and going to. It provides students with examples to analyse and to complete with the correct form of the ver ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Irregular Verbs- Revision (Base Form, Past Simple, Past Participle)

Irregular Verbs- Revision (Base Form, Past Simple, Past Participle)

•Past Simple,
The aim of this worksheet is for the students to write and recognize past simple and the past participle of some irregular verbs. There are 4 exercises in which 35 irregular verbs are tested.This ...
2 Elementary
Irregular Past Tense Verbs

Irregular Past Tense Verbs

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These worksheets are a great way for students to learn all of the past tense verbs as well as when to use either the past form or the infinitive. Translations are provided in Portuguese but can be ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

Song Worksheet: Because You Loved Me by Celine Dion

Students must put all the verbs given into their right past form. So they listen to the music and check their mistakes.Teacher could play it first, then give the sheet to be completed by students ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Peter's Favourite Things

Peter's Favourite Things

The transition from present simple to past simple is made easier in a way that children can relate to. Using simple, everyday activities in a child-friendly format, this worksheet is suitable for ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Asking Questions

Asking Questions

Practice asking questions with your students. In this worksheet there is an information about four people. Working in pairs your students will practice asking and answering questions. Can be used ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Let Her Go by Passenger

Song Worksheet: Let Her Go by Passenger

This worksheet is a revision of tenses: present simple, present continuous, present perfect, past simple and future. There are 2 exercises: The first one is to put the verbs in the correct column ...
4 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Simple Questions with 'Did You…?'

Past Simple Questions with 'Did You…?'

This worksheet is for low level adult or teenage students to practise talking about past daily habits. Students mingle to find out who the sentences belong to using past simple questions with 'Did ...
6 Elementary
Was or Were? Worksheet

Was or Were? Worksheet

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This is a pretty simple for teaching or revising the past simple of the verb to be. Recommended for elementary students who are asked to complete the sentences with the past simple of the ver ...
7 Elementary
Noodle Battle - Teaching Composition

Noodle Battle - Teaching Composition

This worksheet is based on the cartoon serial ‘Minuscules’. The cartoon serial ‘Minuscules’ (France, 2007) which is the collection of 3-5 minute mini-stories. The dynamic ...
2 Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: I Will Survive (for Past Simple)

Song Worksheet: I Will Survive (for Past Simple)

This is a worksheet with a song to practice the past simple tense. The song is I will survive by Gloria Gaynor. First, students write  past simple of some verbs. Then, they listen to the song ...
2 Elementary
'Be, Do, Have' Practice in Past Simple

'Be, Do, Have' Practice in Past Simple

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I needed a practice sheet for my EFL 4th graders learning about past simple. I couldn't find one that covers all three of those verbs so I made one. It is a simple, clear worksheet, good to print ...
7 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry

Song Worksheet: Roar by Katy Perry

Roar, a song by Katy Perry to get the students to find the verbs in the past, regular and irregular verbs. A fairly easy listening exercise for pre-intermedite students. They have to listen to the ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
English Exam

English Exam

The test includes present simple, present continuous and past simple of regular and irregular verbs. It allows a teacher to learn  ss' level of knowledge of the mentioned topics.
2 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple

Past Simple

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It's a presentation showing the usage of past tense in detail. You can both show the form of past tense, how to form questions, negative and affirmative sentences. There are also picture ...
8 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Simple Past Presentation

Simple Past Presentation

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With this presentation you can both show the usage of past simple and compare it with present. It shows both forms and gives some examples using up-to-date pictures with the characters they may li ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Simple Past/Past Continuous Conversation Grid

Simple Past/Past Continuous Conversation Grid

This is a conversation grid activity designed to encourage the correct use of simple past and past continuous verb forms in a relaxed conversational setting. Students walk around the room asking ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Simple vs Past Continuous for Adult Students

Past Simple vs Past Continuous for Adult Students

•, Past Simple
This is a worksheet which is aimed to revise and practise the differences between the past simple and  past continuous tenses. Students are asked to complete 35 different sentences putti ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
The Story of Man. Cavemen & Modern Men

The Story of Man. Cavemen & Modern Men

The worksheet contains a brief history of evolution, a brainstorming activity, discussion questions, a story for dictation (dictogloss) and additional pictures to be used. The focus is the differe ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Revision 4 - Project 3

Revision 4 - Project 3

Unit 4 test concentrates on testing of past continuous and past simple, matching the halves of the sentences according to their meaning with past simple and continuous, making questions according ...
5 Pre-Intermediate
Used To / Didn't Use To Elementary Worksheet

Used To / Didn't Use To Elementary Worksheet

•Past Simple,
This is a very simple and easy worksheet for teaching or revising the structure used to/ didn't use to at elementary level. There are two different activities in which students are asked to c ...
10 Elementary Pre-Intermediate

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