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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.
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 779 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 wasnt 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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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
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