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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 899 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: 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 ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Present Simple and Past Simple

Present Simple and Past Simple

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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 ...
1 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 ...
2 Elementary Pre-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 ...
4 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Rio 2 (15 mins)

Movie Worksheet: Rio 2 (15 mins)

This worksheet is based on Rio 2. It contains three activities for you to work with your students before, while, and after watching the first 15 minutes of Rio 2. It helps you to check the student ...
5 Elementary
Kidnapped - Lesson Plan

Kidnapped - Lesson Plan

Full lesson plan for intermediate level, but could be used for advanced levels as well. Lesson is orientated around the ability to give excuses (imaginitive ones!).Poetry - past tense - compound ...
5 Intermediate Upper Intermediate and Advanced
Guy Fawkes Biography - Simple Past Revision

Guy Fawkes Biography - Simple Past Revision

This sheet includes a short biography of Guy Fawkes followed by simple past exercises: find the past or present of the given verb, underline the date/time expressions, make notes about his life, w ...
4 Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Animals Can Be Jerks (Kingston Crown)

Movie Worksheet: Animals Can Be Jerks (Kingston Crown)

Teaching material : YouTube. Objectives: to stimulate students to practice listening and speaking from some amusing VDO like Yahoo or YouTube. Instructions : 1) The teacher provides the worksheet ...
3 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple and Past Continuous (Arranging Sentences)

Past Simple and Past Continuous (Arranging Sentences)

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There are 2 parts. The first part is fill-in-the-gap and the other is arranging sentences into meaningful paragraphs. The arranging paragraph is a little advanced because it has more than 6 s ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Gap-fill Story with Vocabulary and Verb Tenses

Gap-fill Story with Vocabulary and Verb Tenses

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In this worksheet learners are asked to fill in a story about Tom, with illustrations to facilitate them write the words needed and also to put the verbs in brackets in the the right past tense. I ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple vs Past Continuous Quiz

Past Simple vs Past Continuous Quiz

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A handy way to gauge how much your students know already about the differences between the two tenses. I normally use this after having asked a few questions using a combination of past simple and ...
2 Pre-Intermediate
Irregular Verbs

Irregular Verbs

It's a good poem to learn irregular verbs. The three forms of the verbs are structured in a verse. It's an easy way to remember them. This worksheet is very good for students of different levels f ...
2 Complete Beginner Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate
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In the Past (2)

In the Past (2)

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This is PowerPoint presentation that is appropriate for intermediate students. You can use it for teaching past tense and used to, and also new vocabulary items. It shows how  people live, tr ...
3 Intermediate
In the Past

In the Past

•Past Simple,
This is PowerPoint presentation that is appropriate for intermediate students. You can use it for teaching past tense and used to, and also new vocabulary items. It shows  how people live, tr ...
3 Intermediate
Rain or Shine

Rain or Shine

This is a power-point presentation which is useful for young learners and elementary students (adult). It's suitable for reviewing weather related vocabulary and appropriate clothes to wear in dif ...
6 Complete Beginner Elementary
Past Simple

Past Simple

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In this worksheet there are seven different activities about simple past tense. You can use it as a review of the past simple. In these activities there are regular and irregular verbs and qu ...
5 Elementary
Simple Past and Present (to Be)

Simple Past and Present (to Be)

•Past Simple,
This power-point presents the simple present and simple past tenses of the verb to be (affirmative, negative and interrogative forms). It is appropriate for elementary students. This file contains ...
3 Complete Beginner Elementary
What's Weather Like?

What's Weather Like?

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This is a worksheet which is useful for teaching and reviewing weather related vocabulary and simple present and past (be). Appropriate for young learners and elementary students. Also there is a ...
5 Complete Beginner Elementary
Past Simple Tense - Affirmative and Negative

Past Simple Tense - Affirmative and Negative

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The worksheet deals with forming the past simple affirmative and negative sentences by use of "+" and "-" signs. The learners are supposed to modify the verb by means of the third person "s" and/o ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
The Titanic

The Titanic

This worksheet aims at practising different skills, after having read some information about the Titanic accident. It includes comprehension questions, vocabulary exercises, past simple and past c ...
2 Elementary
Past Simple Revision Worksheet

Past Simple Revision Worksheet

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This is a 3-page worksheet for revising the past simple tense at elementary level. There are 6 different activities in which students are asked to complete the sentences with was or were, put ...
6 Elementary Pre-Intermediate
English Assessment

English Assessment

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It is an activity to evaluate past simple tense. There is a reading comprehension about an American legend very popular as Johnny Appleseed. Another activity is incomplete sentences and finally gr ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Past Simple - Irregular Verbs - Crossword

Past Simple - Irregular Verbs - Crossword

•Past Simple,
A simple crossword to help students memorize some basic irregular verbs (the past simple tense). It can be used as a warm-up activity as well as a closing activity. Also, this short activity is pe ...
4 Elementary
Simple Past and Past Continuous Worksheet

Simple Past and Past Continuous Worksheet

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In this worksheet you will find an exercise to complete with simple past, some of the vocabulary may be a bit difficult. You may need to pre teach some of the verbs. And the second exercise to cho ...
3 Pre-Intermediate
Grammar Worksheet: Leonardo da Vinci

Grammar Worksheet: Leonardo da Vinci

It is a grammar worksheet to practice the past simple tense. It is a brief biography about a great artist, inventor and scientist Leonardo da Vinci. It can be used as a test or just grammar drill. ...
4 Elementary Pre-Intermediate Intermediate

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