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The following table gives some of the rules for the past tense of regular verbs. Scroll down the page for more examples.
Verbs have different forms, called tenses. The tense of a verb tells us when the action happens.
We use the simple past tense to talk about things that happened in the past.
The children visited the zoo last week.
The plane landed a few minutes ago.
Jerry dried his clothes in the sun.
For most verbs, the simple past tense is created by adding a d, ed or ied at the end of the word. These are called regular verbs. There are also irregular verbs which do not follow this pattern.
The following are some of the rules for regular verbs.
For verbs ending in e add a d.
For verbs ending in (consonant)+y, change y, to i, and add ed.
For verbs that are one syllable and ending in (vowel)+(consonant) (but not y or w, double the consonant and then add ed.
For other verbs, just add ed.
There are many verbs that do not follow these rules. They are called irregular verbs.
The Simple Past Tense - Basic English Grammar
Recognizing and understanding the simple past tense. (Part one)
Recognizing and understanding the simple past tense. (Part two)
Recognizing and understanding the simple past tense. (Part three)<br? This segment gives additional practice in forming the simple past tense with regular and irregular verbs. Wh- and YES-NO questions are also presented and practiced.
Recognizing and understanding the simple past tense. (Part four)
This segment gives additional practice in forming questions and presents rules for pronouncing the “-ed” ending in regular verbs.
This video explains how to pronounce past tense regular verbs in English.
How to pronounce the past tense of regular verbs?
The “ed” ending might be a “d” or a “t,” depending on what comes before it.
How to pronounce regular verbs in the past tense in English?
ESL students can practice listening to and pronouncing the regular verbs in past tense (-ed endings).
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