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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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Review of Past Tenses

Review of Past Tenses

Roberta Rohen
A thorough revision of past tenses and narrative tenses, with concept checking and practice. Here, students revise their knowledge of past tenses (simple, continuous and perfect), check functional ...
3 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Yellow by Coldplay

Song Worksheet: Yellow by Coldplay

Nérida González
This is a beautiful song by Coldplay. I find it very useful for learning irregular verbs. Students have to complete the lyrics with the missing verbs. The verbs are in simple present and students ...
4 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Summer by Calvin Harris

Song Worksheet: Summer by Calvin Harris

Gabriela
It's a very simple song worksheet to work with past simple and vocabulary. Students will love this song, You can watch the video after listening. I included the key. https://www.youtube.c ...
1 All levels
Audio for Adjectives, Tenses and Adverbs

Audio for Adjectives, Tenses and Adverbs

There are three tasks in this worksheet. The first exercise is taken from New English File Elementary "True False Show" but I have adapted it for children. They think, if the statements are t ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

This is a fictitious newspaper article about a hit-and-run offence. Students need to complete the text by put the verbs into the correct tense in the active or passive voice. Use to check students ...
6 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Christmas Carol Reading

Christmas Carol Reading

I've used this when reading the story "Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens with my students. It was useful to help retelling and also to remember details about the story. Although there is a movi ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Up by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato

Song Worksheet: Up by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato

This is a very simple activity with the song "Up" to practice simple past of irregular verbs. The worksheet can be used as a warmer to review simple past irregular verbs. The worksheet provid ...
1 Elementary
Practicing Past Forms

Practicing Past Forms

This presentation is an exercise for students to practice past forms (simple past, past perfect or past continuous), they have already learned. The presentation has slides with pictures, and sent ...
4 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Listening about Madame Walker and Interview Her

Listening about Madame Walker and Interview Her

This worksheet contains 2 listening tasks based on the VOA programme about Madame C.J. Walker, the first Afro-American woman to be successful in business. After listening, students can think of qu ...
5 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

BusyTeacher Contributor
This song by the Lumineers is the one  I like to use as an introduction to work with mixed present and past tenses (simple, present and continuous). There is also some vocabulary work include ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Irregular Verbs Quiz

Irregular Verbs Quiz

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A fill-in-the-gaps quiz with 20 irregular verbs. The text to be completed tells the story of a surprise party thrown by Susuan's boyfriend for her. Even though this quiz is intended for pre-interm ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Insert Was/Were

Insert Was/Were

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It's just a simple worksheet for practicing past tense of the verb to be. 
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Vicky's to Do List. Past Simple

Vicky's to Do List. Past Simple

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Dear Busy Teachers) I'd like to share with you this simple and really useful printable workout for your students. You students can practice usage of positive and negative forms of the past simple ...
5 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Verb to Be

Verb to Be

•Past Simple,
This is a simple power point which can be used as a hand-out for students. Often students have problems with the verb 'to be', one of the most common, if not the most common verb we use in English ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Past Simple

Past Simple

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This worksheet is suitable for practicing past simple. It includes 6 questions, they are useful for reviewing regular and irregular verbs, how to make positive, negative and question sentences. Th ...
7 Elementary
Jazz Chant Irregular Verbs 1

Jazz Chant Irregular Verbs 1

Eugenia Chrisovitsianou
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This is one of the jazz chants I use with my elementary students.I was inspired by Carolyn Graham's work on teaching language through fun chants. I mainly use it to get my students remember the ir ...
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Irregular Verbs Practice

Irregular Verbs Practice

Bel
•Past Simple,
This is a good way to practice some irregular verbs in the past and in the past participle with sentences. One page requires only the past tense and the other page requires the use of have or has ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Thinking Out Loud

Song Worksheet: Thinking Out Loud

Merche Yélamos
It is a listening activity based on Ed Sheeran's song, and I used it with both adults and teenagers,as the lyrics are meaningful and easy to understand. It is really useful to revise irregula ...
7 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Tenses Overview

Tenses Overview

A powerpoint that explains the grammar rules for all the different English tenses. It contains examples, spelling rules, and shows the students how to form the verbs in normal, interrogative, and ...
10 Pre-Intermediate
Grammar Quiz

Grammar Quiz

This is a grammar worksheet, that helps you to find out the gaps in your student´s knowledge. The task is to open the brackets using the appropriate grammar tense in interrogative, negative ...
8 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Biodata

Biodata

This worksheet contains a short biography of Josh Radnor. The grammar focuses on simple past and it is appropriate for elementary levels. It includes a gap-filling activity. You may find it useful ...
5 Elementary
Likes and Dislikes

Likes and Dislikes

This worksheet is used for practicing "simple past", why/ because, talking about likes and dislikes, and yes/ no questions. It contains several questions with related pictures, to look a ...
8 Elementary
Past Simple: Regular Verbs Worksheet

Past Simple: Regular Verbs Worksheet

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This is a simple worksheet for revising past simple. There are 3 different activities in which students are asked to rewrite the sentences into past simple and rewrite the sentences given in ...
7 Elementary
There + to Be – Past Simple Worksheet

There + to Be – Past Simple Worksheet

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This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the past simple tense ate elementary level. There are 2 different activities in which students are asked to choose the correct option and rewrite the s ...
5 Elementary
Write Your Story

Write Your Story

This worksheet contains an activity in which language learners are asked to write their own murder story using some words and numbers. It is appropriate for elementary and pre-intermediate levels. ...
4 ElementaryPre-Intermediate

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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 940 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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