Past tense

Past tense

There is only one form of the verb in the past tense for all subjects, except in the verb TO BE which has 2 forms: was and were



The simple past of irregular verbs can end in a variety of ways, with no consistent pattern.  There is no rule for these verbs. They should be learned by heart.



Rule #1: The past tense of regular verbs is formed adding ‘ed’ to the end of the verb


Rule #2: If the verb ends in ‘e’ just add ‘d’


Rule #3: If the verb ends in a consonant+vowel+consonant, and the stress is at the end of the word, double the final consonant and add ‘ed’


Rule #4: If the verb ends in 2 vowels+consonant, or 1 vowel+consonant and the stress is not at the end, don’t double the final consonant, only add ‘ed’


Rule #5: If the verb ends in ‘c’ add ‘ked’


Exercise N° 1


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