Lesson 5 - Family
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- The Past in English
- "Find the Mistake" review activity
The Past Tense
To form the past tense in English, add -ed to the verb in the affirmative and didn't in the negative (a contraction of "did" and "not"). To form a question, add Did to the beginning of the question.
Affirmative - He walked.
Negative - He didn't walk.
Question - Did he walk?
If the verb already ends with an e, just add the letter d.
practice - practiced
If the verb ends in a consonant then y, change the y to i and then add -ed.
cry - cried
If the word ends in a consonant, vowel, consonant, and the last syllable is the strong one, double the last letter.
plan - planned
There are many verbs in English that are irregular in the past tense (they don't follow the -ed rule). In the next lessons we will learn approximately 10 verbs on the vocabulary page of each lesson. Here are this lesson's verbs.
Write the sentences in the past tense. If the verb is not in the list of irregular verbs above, it is regular (-ed).
He - study English
Change the sentence to negative.
They studied English.
Change the sentence to a question.
They studied English
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