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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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Biodata

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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 ...
7 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 ...
5 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 ...
4 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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Movie Worksheet: Nobel Prize

Movie Worksheet: Nobel Prize

This is a worksheet based on a Press TV news. It is about an Iranian woman who won Nobel Prize in Mathematics. It contains 4 simple questions. The grammar focuses on past simple. It is appropriate ...
4 Elementary
After Christmas Speaking Worksheet

After Christmas Speaking Worksheet

•Past Simple,
It's a worksheet to use the day after Christmas holidays. There are lots of questions to make your students speak about what they did, what they liked, what presents they got and many more things ...
11 All levels
Past Simple

Past Simple

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This is a simple worksheet for practicing past simple. It includes a gap-filling activity in which the language learners are asked to use was, were, wasn't, and weren't. Cut the cards, give the st ...
2 Elementary
A Plot of Hannibal Rising/ What Happened Next?

A Plot of Hannibal Rising/ What Happened Next?

•Past Simple,
This worksheet contains parts of Hannibal Rising plot. You can put your students into pairs or small groups, ask them to read the text, and decide on what happened next. The students are supposed ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Whodunnit

Whodunnit

•Past Simple,
This worksheet contains a short story to convey the meaning of the word "whodunnit". First, ask your students to read the story. Then, put them into pairs or small groups and encourage them to tal ...
7 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Last Christmas

Song Worksheet: Last Christmas

A song activity based on the famous song of Wham, covered by Taylor Swift. There are several exercises, during listening there are gaps to fill in past tense, multiple choices, then they have to f ...
4 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediate
Song Worksheet: Those Were the Days, My Friend

Song Worksheet: Those Were the Days, My Friend

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It is about the past simple tense. It enables students to remember the old days and how to talk about it. They see the usage of regular, irregular verbs and was/were. It can be asked to write abou ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
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Past Simple vs. Past Perfect Worksheet

Past Simple vs. Past Perfect Worksheet

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This is a worksheet for teaching or revising the differences between the past simple and the past perfect tense. There is a simple activity in which students are asked to complete the sentenc ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Past Simple, Game

Past Simple, Game

•Past Simple,
This is a game for reviewing past simple, irregular verbs. Cut the cards and write number 1-16 on the other side of each card. Label them on the board, so the students can see the numbers. Put the ...
4 Elementary
There Was & There Were Elementary Worksheet

There Was & There Were Elementary Worksheet

•Past Simple,
This simple exercise helps elementary students to practice forms of construction ''there is/are'' and ''there was/were''. Students compare two pictures showing St.Petersburg now and then - hundred ...
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Past Simple - Regular Verbs and Professions

Past Simple - Regular Verbs and Professions

•Past Simple,
Students have to complete the table with regular verbs in  past simple. Using the same verbs they have to write them in the negative and interrogative. Using the dictionary, students hav ...
4 Elementary
Tell Me about Yourself Board Game

Tell Me about Yourself Board Game

A good fun worksheet to be used as a warm-up activity, get-to-know-each-other activity or an enjoyable way to practice habitual actions and likes and dislikes using both present and past tenses. I ...
13 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Recording Mistakes

Recording Mistakes

Moacir Filho
•, Past Simple,
I use this activity to make students read and pay attention to what they're reading. They can play read and mime (in which for each blank, the teacher shows the word to one student and s/he has to ...
5 All levels
Past Simple in Pictures

Past Simple in Pictures

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Studying simple past can be interesting if this is aided with images. One way is to show them slides like these ones. These slides feature verbs in photos. Have your students use past simple wh ...
7 Pre-Intermediate
Past Continuous in Pictures

Past Continuous in Pictures

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Display these slides on LCD projector. This was specifically developed for intermediate learners. However, can also be used by advanced students. Have students study each slide and then allow t ...
4 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Past Simple and Past Perfect Worksheet

Past Simple and Past Perfect Worksheet

•, Past Simple
This is a worksheet for teaching the past simple and  present perfect tense. There are two different activities in which students are asked to write the two sentences as one using when a ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Song Worksheet: Hotel California by Eagles

Song Worksheet: Hotel California by Eagles

This worksheet provides revision of the past simple tense. It is based on lyrics of famous Eagle's song Hotel California. First students create  past simple of some verbs (irregular and regul ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Present Simple and Past Simple

Present Simple and Past Simple

•Past Simple,
This PowerPoint contains one story in two different tenses. First, the grammar focuses on present simple. Second, the grammar focuses on past simple. Each one follows with some CCQs to check the l ...
5 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Yesterday by The Beatles (Past Simple)

Song Worksheet: Yesterday by The Beatles (Past Simple)

Here's a simple worksheet for teaching or revising the simple past at pre-intermediate level. It is a song by the Beatles, a very famous British band from the 60’s. Students are as ...
4 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Grammar & Vocabulary Worksheet: I Had Fun Yesterday (Daily Routines & Past Simple)

Grammar & Vocabulary Worksheet: I Had Fun Yesterday (Daily Routines & Past Simple)

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A funny poem to practice the topic "Daily routines" and past simple. The students are to read the poem and match the pictures with the verse or just learn the poem by heart. This worksheet will be ...
8 Complete BeginnerElementaryPre-Intermediate

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About Past Simple Worksheets
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 920 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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