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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 860 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 Poem

Irregular Verbs Poem

•Past Simple,
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 ...
1 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 ...
2 Elementary
The First Chocolate

The First Chocolate

•Past Simple, ,
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 ...
2 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

•Past Simple,
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
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

•, Past Simple
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 ...
3 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 ...
4 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
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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 ...
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 ...
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 ...
4 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 ...
8 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
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 ...
4 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 ...
6 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

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