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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 867 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: Ironic

Song Worksheet: Ironic

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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 ...
1 Elementary
Video Worksheet: Bear Grylls [TV series

Video 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 ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
On This Day - Calendar Activity

On This Day - Calendar Activity

This is meant as a one-off vocabulary and past tenses practice lesson. The calendar is filled with on-this-day facts with one item blacked out. In groups the students put the removed words back, u ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Simple Past: Have / Have Got

Simple Past: Have / Have Got

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This is a pretty easy worksheet for teaching or revising the simple past of the verb have. There are 2 different activities in which students are asked to change the sentences into the past and fi ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Goodbye My Lover (Past Tenses)

Song Worksheet: Goodbye My Lover (Past Tenses)

Finding exercise about past tenses is a difficult task so, I create this exercise where ss will be able to practice grammar rules, listening and reading. In the first exercise ss match the tenses ...
1 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
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Song Worksheet: Paradise by Coldplay (Simple Past)

Song Worksheet: Paradise by Coldplay (Simple Past)

With this activity you can practice regular and irregular verbs. Before using this hand out I suggest you to play a song guessing game, where ss coulg get engaged with the activity, so when they l ...
1 Complete Beginner Elementary
Bullying and Cyber Bullying: The Tragic Case of Amanda Todd

Bullying and Cyber Bullying: The Tragic Case of Amanda Todd

This worksheet was created to make my students think of bullying and Cyber bullying, and how it affects our society. It was also created to help them with the pronunciation of the ed ending o ...
6 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Irregular Verbs Poem

Irregular Verbs Poem

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Learning irregular verbs one by one with their translation can often be frustating and rather boring. I suggest to use this poem to learn and understand irregular verbs in context. Students could ...
6 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Simple Past: Verb to Be III

Simple Past: Verb to Be III

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This is a pretty easy worksheet for revising the simple past of the verb to be at elementary level. There are 5 different activities in which students are asked to fill in the blank spaces wi ...
4 Elementary
The First Chocolate

The First Chocolate

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This is a speaking activity which helps students to revise formation of questions using past simple. They need to get information from each other to acknowledge the discovery of the first chocolat ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

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111 irregular verbs in different versions: there are colour and black and white versions and a version with the Spanish translations for Spanish speakers and another one without the translations s ...
5 Pre-Intermediate
Find Someone Who (after the Summer)

Find Someone Who (after the Summer)

This is a variation on classic mingle "Find someone who..". I used it at  the first lesson after the summer break. I like this lively activity much more than just teacher-student type of &nbs ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
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When Did You Last Do Something?

When Did You Last Do Something?

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The worksheet has been designed in order to assist pre-intermediate students while  practicing through illustrations the question form of the past simple tense by creating their own questions ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Unscramble Sentences 5

Unscramble Sentences 5

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Unscramble sentences 5: fifteen sentences to revise the simple past tense with regular verbs. Students have to write these sentences into their correct order. The first sentences are easier but th ...
1 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Simple Past and Past Continuous Test

Simple Past and Past Continuous Test

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Simple past and past continuous test: a test to revise these two verbal tenses. There are three questions. The first question is to complete the blank spaces with the past continuous of the verbs ...
2 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Gap-fill Reading

Gap-fill Reading

The worksheet is a simple children's story for young learners to practice the past simple, past continuous and past perfect simple tense. It is illustrated and each illustration shows a word that ...
3 Intermediate
The Past Simple Tense

The Past Simple Tense

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This handout is focusing on the use of the simple past tense. Simple sentences are provided, each one supported with a relevant picture, where elementary learners are required to use the right ve ...
4 Elementary
Question Words

Question Words

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A simple reading task with direct questions starting with the standard question words. Contains graphics to help with comprehension. Also has possible new words (eg: ricotta) which could be delete ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
The Old Colonel

The Old Colonel

•Past Simple,
Easy and understandable text talking about experiences. It is about the present perfect simple and past simple structures. This text contains comprehension activities and grammar activities in whi ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
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 ...
3 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 ...
2 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 ...
4 Pre-Intermediate
Millionaire Past Forms

Millionaire Past Forms

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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 ...
9 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 ...
5 Intermediate

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