Grammar Tutorial: Simple Past Tense
Simple past tense is used when the action referred to happened in the past.
Example: They walked to the police station yesterday.
In this example, the verb walk is added with “ed” since the situation happened the day before. This is indicated by “yesterday.”
Rules in Forming the Verbs
a.) Verbs ending in e are usually just appended by -d.
- dive – dived
- tie – tied
- carve – carved
b.) Verbs ending in a consonant preceded by a single stressed vowel double the consonant in the past tense.
- hop – hopped
- stop – stopped
- fit – fitted
b.) Most verbs that end in y change the y into -ied
- Hurry – hurried
- Bury – buried
- Reply – replied
- Worry – worried
c.) In regular verbs, the past simple ends in -ed
walk – walked
talk – talked
worship – worshiped
wash – washed
d.) Some verbs are irregular
- write – wrote
- see – saw
- go – went
- throw – threw
- cost – cost
- hit – hit
Quiz for simple past tense
1. Linda ______ in my house last week.
2. I ______ the bunny at Nordstrom’s.
3. He just ______ “Hi.”
4. I ______ the article in the newspaper.
5. She ______ 10 gifts.
6. The water rise during the 1962 floods ______ about 10 feet.
7. Andy ______four chicken legs and one chicken breast.
8. He ______ the glass by accidentally knocking it over with his elbow.
9. How did they send the letter?
They ______ the letter by airmail.
10. I ______ that Japanese would be hard for me to learn.
Now, what’s your score?