Past Tense Verbs Rules and Exercises
Past Tense Errors
You have already learned that time is a very important element of verbs. There are three main time frames in English: Past, Present, and Future. The following information concerns some problems writers occasionally have with the past and future.
Present: Indicates experiences and events that are occurring now. It is also the tense we use to express opinions and state facts.
Past: Indicates experiences and events that are over and done with in the past. Regular past tense verbs have an -ed ending.
Examples of Regular Present and Past Verb Forms
There are also many irregular verbs.
Examples of Irregular Present and Past Verb Forms
Past Tense Exercise:
Look up the following verbs in the dictionary and put the correct form of the past tense in the blank:
Common Past Tense Verb Errors
When I was younger, I would go to school everyday with my friend Vi.
Sometimes we didn't quite make it. We would walk to the front of the school and
then we would race to the back playground. Our teacher would call our parents
and our parents would come to the school and make us go to class. We would be
good for a few weeks and then it would happen again.
Correcting Subjects and Verbs
Past Tense Exercise
that you should not use the present tense unless you are writing about
something that is fact, opinion, currently in existence, or habit. The
following paragraph is a story of something that happened to someone in
the past. All the verbs should be in the past tense. Underline all of
the verbs in the following passage and check to see if they are in the
correct past tense or if they need to be corrected. Use your dictionary
to check the correct forms.
When I was in elementary school people starts to alienated me because of how I look. I am alienated because of the way I looks. I am skinny. In
elementary school I am teased about my weight. People use to call me
all kinds of names. For example, they calls me chopstick, light pole,
2 by 4 and so on. As I go on with my school people still calls me
names. It don't stop in elementary. It goes right on to junior high
and high school. Throughout these years my feelings would be hurt. I
don't say anything because if I does then they would say more about
me. So I would say nothing throughout my school years. But it doesn't
stop there either. It still go on after I get out of high school. So
every time I meet someone they would say something about my weight. So
that's why I stay quiet most of the time. But I still get the feeling
that if I go somewhere there are people talking about the way I look.
That gets on my nerves. But I don't say anything because I am really
not sure what they are talking about.
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