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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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Movie Worksheet: We Bought a Zoo

Movie Worksheet: We Bought a Zoo

Auris
The worksheet includes 3 short fragments of the film, there are 4 types of questions: open, multiple choice, fill in the gaps and multi-optional (more than one answer is possible), students need t ...
1 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Pas Simple and Past Continuous

Pas Simple and Past Continuous

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This power-point presentation is helpful for teaching the past simple and past continuous tense  through examples and rules. It includes two tests to check your students understanding. It's a ...
1 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Simple Holidays Worksheet

Simple Holidays Worksheet

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A super simple worksheet for complete beginners. It contains a basic vocabulary (transport, places to stay, things that are used on holidays and useful verbs in past simple). The aim of the works ...
2 Complete BeginnerElementary
Grammar:Present Simple, Continuous, Past Simple and Used To

Grammar:Present Simple, Continuous, Past Simple and Used To

This is a worksheet for practicing the grammar of present simple, present continuous, past simple, and used to. It includes two activities. First, the students are asked to use some cues to write ...
6 Pre-Intermediate
Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of Manner

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This power-point presentation is useful for teaching and practicing adverbs of manner and simple past. At the end it contains some activities which can help students to practice more and you can c ...
5 Elementary
Song Worksheet: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (Fast and Furious 7)

Song Worksheet: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (Fast and Furious 7)

Joanna
An emotional song from the latest episode of Fast and Furious, which is a final tribute to Paul Walker. It can be useful as a tense revision (mainly: past simple, future simple). Students have to ...
4 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Grab the Cards- Past Simple

Grab the Cards- Past Simple

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Grab the cards is a fun game. The teacher puts the cards on the desk. He says the present simple verbs and the students grab the past simple verbs. The one with more cards is the winner. Hope it h ...
6 Elementary
Past Simple (Regular Verbs)

Past Simple (Regular Verbs)

Khatuna
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It's a very useful Powerpoint presentation for either to introduce past simple regular verbs or as a follow-up activity to teach simple . Teacher asks students in pairs to ask and answer the que ...
4 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Past Simple ( Irregular Verbs)

Past Simple ( Irregular Verbs)

Khatuna
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It's a very useful Powerpoint presentation for either to introduce past simple irregular verbs or as a follow-up activity to teach simple . Teacher asks students in pairs to ask and answer the q ...
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Verbs Board Game

Verbs Board Game

Nanovita
A board game with pictures and signs for positive, negative, yes or no question, and WH question sentences. Students just need to throw the dice and make sentences based on the pictures and signs. ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Victory Day Worksheet [for Russian Speakers]

Victory Day Worksheet [for Russian Speakers]

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I have prepared it for a clever boy of the 4th class (11 years old). There is a text divided in some fragments about the history of the Victory Day and Arctic Convoys. The vocabulary is translated ...
5 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Animals Past and Present Grammar Worksheet

Animals Past and Present Grammar Worksheet

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This worksheet is about animals. It contains two activities for grammar: present simple andpast simple. The students are asked to make questions and write answers. It is appropriate for elementary ...
5 Elementary
Changing Tenses

Changing Tenses

Benjamin Chapman
Students will rewrite each sentence using a different verb tense. A past, present, and future worksheet. Research tells us that studying verb tenses is a great way to learn the fundamental aspects ...
7 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Review of Past Tenses

Review of Past Tenses

Roberta Rohen
A thorough revision of past tenses and narrative tenses, with concept checking and practice. Here, students revise their knowledge of past tenses (simple, continuous and perfect), check functional ...
7 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Yellow by Coldplay

Song Worksheet: Yellow by Coldplay

Nérida González
This is a beautiful song by Coldplay. I find it very useful for learning irregular verbs. Students have to complete the lyrics with the missing verbs. The verbs are in simple present and students ...
4 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Summer by Calvin Harris

Song Worksheet: Summer by Calvin Harris

Gabriela
It's a very simple song worksheet to work with past simple and vocabulary. Students will love this song, You can watch the video after listening. I included the key. https://www.youtube.c ...
1 All levels
Audio for Adjectives, Tenses and Adverbs

Audio for Adjectives, Tenses and Adverbs

There are three tasks in this worksheet. The first exercise is taken from New English File Elementary "True False Show" but I have adapted it for children. They think, if the statements are t ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

This is a fictitious newspaper article about a hit-and-run offence. Students need to complete the text by put the verbs into the correct tense in the active or passive voice. Use to check students ...
7 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Christmas Carol Reading

Christmas Carol Reading

I've used this when reading the story "Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens with my students. It was useful to help retelling and also to remember details about the story. Although there is a movi ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Up by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato

Song Worksheet: Up by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato

This is a very simple activity with the song "Up" to practice simple past of irregular verbs. The worksheet can be used as a warmer to review simple past irregular verbs. The worksheet provid ...
1 Elementary
Practicing Past Forms

Practicing Past Forms

This presentation is an exercise for students to practice past forms (simple past, past perfect or past continuous), they have already learned. The presentation has slides with pictures, and sent ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Listening about Madame Walker and Interview Her

Listening about Madame Walker and Interview Her

This worksheet contains 2 listening tasks based on the VOA programme about Madame C.J. Walker, the first Afro-American woman to be successful in business. After listening, students can think of qu ...
7 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

Song Worksheet: Ho Hey

BusyTeacher Contributor
This song by the Lumineers is the one  I like to use as an introduction to work with mixed present and past tenses (simple, present and continuous). There is also some vocabulary work include ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Irregular Verbs Quiz

Irregular Verbs Quiz

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A fill-in-the-gaps quiz with 20 irregular verbs. The text to be completed tells the story of a surprise party thrown by Susuan's boyfriend for her. Even though this quiz is intended for pre-interm ...
9 Pre-Intermediate
Insert Was/Were

Insert Was/Were

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It's just a simple worksheet for practicing past tense of the verb to be. 
7 ElementaryPre-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 953 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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