When we talk about past actions, situations, or events that have finished, we use the simple past tense, coupled with past time references — words and phrase such as
- yesterday, the day before yesterday, …
- ____ ago: a while ago, four weeks ago, …
- Last ____: last night, last month, last Saturday, …
- past dates or events: on September 1, 2020, when I woke up this morning,…
In today’s English Learning Tips for Newcomers, we will take a quick look at how to change regular verbs into the past tense.
For regular verbs, the past tense is made by adding “ed” to the base form of the verb.
- For example: walk — walked
- It’s very simple, eh? However, there are exceptions. With some verbs, you need to add -d or change the ending.
If the verb ends in “e”, you simply need to add “d” to form the past tense.
- For example: live – lived
If the verb ends in a consonant plus “y”, you need to change “y” to “i”, then add “ed”.
- For example: try – tried
If the verb ends in a vowel plus a consonant that is not “w” or “y”, you need to double the consonant, then add “ed”.
- For example: stop – stopped
Try this online exercise and see if you mastered what you’ve learned today: Choose the correct past tense form for each verb.
Before you go, also check out our previously published English Learning Tips articles!
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