The Simple Past Tense Unit 8

Form The Simple Present To The Simple Past By Adding ‘D’ Or ‘Ed’

The following rules will help you with the spelling of the Simple Past Tense.

  • For many verbs add -ed: help/helped

  • Write the Simple Past Tense of the following: stay, wash, show, walk

  • If the Simple Present ends in e simply add d: like/liked

  • Write the Simple Past Tense of the following: hate, die, believe, love

  • Verbs ending in a consonant + y, change the y to i and add ed: try/tried.

  • Write the Simple Past Tense of the following verbs: carry, copy, study, hurry, marry

  1. For some verbs ending with one vowel and one consonant before adding ed:

  • rob/robbed

  • Write the Simple Past Tense of the following: stop, travel, knit, fit

Warning!!!! There are exceptions to this rule especially words ending in w,x, and y:

borrow/borrowed, mix/mixed, delay/delayed, open/opened

From The Simple Present To The Simple Past By Changing Vowels.

Some words get their Simple Past by changing one vowel for another.

  • write/wrote, drive/ drove

  • Write sentences with the simple past of the following verbs: get, draw, begin, forget, drink, wake, know, drink.

  • Write each of the sentences in the Simple Past :

  1. Every Tuesday they swim in the river.

  2. The two brothers think about the girls at the mill every day.

  3. The sisters sit and talk about their future all day.

  4. The boys from Aylon drive to Grado del Pico twice a week.

  5. The band sings the summer hit at all the fiestas.

Form The Simple Present To The Simple Past By Changing More Than One Vowel

Here are a number of vowels that change in more ways than one:

  • bring/brought, buy/bought, catch/caught, fight/fought,

Look at the list of irregular verbs in The Verb To Be of Football, and make a list of the verbs that you like most.