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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 848 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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Song Worksheet: Gravity by Coldplay (Mixed Tenses Practice)

Song Worksheet: Gravity by Coldplay (Mixed Tenses Practice)

The following worksheet contains activities to help students practice three main tenses, simple present, simple past and present continuous. Students will identify different verbs and complete act ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean Is Packing for a Trip

Movie Worksheet: Mr. Bean Is Packing for a Trip

One of the things I love about using Mr. Bean videos is the varied topics that can be covered using them. We used this one for both past and present continuous, but it can also be used for the sim ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
What Happened on Your Last Holiday

What Happened on Your Last Holiday

It is a worksheet for learners to practice the use of past simple and past continuous through misfortunes they had during their last last holiday. There are pictures and cues so that the writing c ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
Millionaire Past Forms

Millionaire Past Forms

•Past Simple,
It´s an improvement of a power point presentation of another person, based on verbs from the book More!1 unit 1; Pupils love to play "who wants to be a millionaire" - the difference to the o ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
How To Pronounce Regular Verbs in the Simple Past Tense

How To Pronounce Regular Verbs in the Simple Past Tense

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One of my students had a hard time learning how to pronounce the -ed ending of regular verbs in the simple past tense, as it varies. While watching the video (see link), have your students take no ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: A Day in the Life by The Beatles

Song Worksheet: A Day in the Life by The Beatles

This is a song worksheet about the song A day in the life by The Beatles. You have different activities to do during the listening (choosing the correct word/putting verb into past tense/ordering ...
4 Intermediate
Simple Past Jazz Chant

Simple Past Jazz Chant

Simple past tense questions in the form of a jazz chant. Provides an opportunity for students to practice/ revise the simple past tense before going on to write about their own past activities. A ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary
Song Worksheet: Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Past Simple)

Song Worksheet: Same Love by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis (Past Simple)

This activity is ideal to review the simple past with regular and irregular verbs, as well as to promote discussion about homosexuality.The worksheet contains 6 activities: 1. Pre-listening q ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Irregular Verbs Chart

Irregular Verbs Chart

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This is an excellent opportunity to test your student's knowledge . It is recommended to pre-intermediate to intermediate students . It contains a chart where they have to write the infinitive , p ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Hush Hush by Avril Lavigne (Past Tense)

Song Worksheet: Hush Hush by Avril Lavigne (Past Tense)

There are two parts in this worksheet. Students should first write down the past tense forms of verbs in the song. Then, they listen to the song and fill in the blanks by using those past tense ve ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
'Gotong-Royong' to Clean Up School

'Gotong-Royong' to Clean Up School

•Past Simple,
This is a reading task made when I was a trainee. I adapted a newspaper article from The Star. The word 'gotong-royong' means to do an activity (usually cleaning a place) together as a community ( ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Song Worksheet: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (Corrected Version)

Song Worksheet: I Will Survive by Gloria Gaynor (Corrected Version)

This is the corrected version of a woksheet of mine. In this worksheet, students have some exercises with the lyrics of the song "I will survive". First, they write the simple past of the verbs i ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
General Revision 2

General Revision 2

•Past Simple,
This worksheet contains simple yet effective practice to assess your students level and their understanding of the basics. It covers grammar, comprehension and writing skills and more. T ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple Workseet III

Past Simple Workseet III

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This is a two page worksheet for teaching or revising the past simple tense at elementary level. There are 3 different activities in which students are asked to write past simple of the verbs ...
3 Elementary
Simple Past Tense

Simple Past Tense

•, Past Simple
I made this worksheet for Business English students at pre-intermediate level. It has a reading passage on how Coca Cola was invented followed by some vocabulary exercises. This is followed by the ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: I'm a Believer

Song Worksheet: I'm a Believer

Useful task to rehearse past tenses trough a nice song. Have a look at the written task to spot and complete the box with the correct the tenses. Listen and focus on how these tenses sound. Then, ...
1 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Tense Cube

Tense Cube

Cut out the layout and tape the sides together to make a 3DTense Cube. Students can practise the most common tenses by rolling the cube and saying a sentence with the given time expression. You ca ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Pronunciation of Past Tense and Past Participle of Regular Verbs

Pronunciation of Past Tense and Past Participle of Regular Verbs

•Past Simple,
Did you ever need a ppt that to help you remind your students how to pronounce the /_ed/? Well, me too. It's short, concise, interactive, and it provides some examples. It also has a color combina ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Movie Worksheet: Turtle's Flute

Movie Worksheet: Turtle's Flute

I made this worksheet in order to show my 10th grade students an example of a folktale. I chose the video "Turtle's Flute: A Brazilian Folktale", since this year's Soccer World cup is hosted in Br ...
4 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense

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Here you will find a complete ppt with fully explanations about negative, positive and question sentences. There are a lot of examples which you can practice with your students, you can also ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Prompts to Write a Story

Prompts to Write a Story

Prompt students to develop their writing skills by drawing a sequence of pictures and describing what had happened in each of them. I bet students will find it entertaining and easy to write the s ...
3 All levels
Reading Comprehension: Bruce Lee

Reading Comprehension: Bruce Lee

This is a workssheet in which you can practice the past simple tense with your students through a reading comprehension activity about Bruce Lee's life. It contains a brief biography and three ite ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
To Be in Past Simple - Exercises

To Be in Past Simple - Exercises

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In this worksheet, you can find several exercises for to be in the past tense. This worksheet helps learners to understand and simply shows how to express past situations. Excersises are clear and ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Past Tense Review - Adjectives for Describing Places

Past Tense Review - Adjectives for Describing Places

In this worksheet, you can find several exercises on past tenses and also, you can find vocabulary - adjectives for describing places. The past tenses are: past simple, past continuous and past si ...
3 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Elementary Level Test 3 (Adults)

Elementary Level Test 3 (Adults)

This is an elementary level worksheet I use with my adults learners. This particluar one has a look at countable and uncountable nouns; the use of some, any and a; the past simple tense of regular ...
4 Elementary

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