Past Simple

Regular Forms:

Add –ed  to the end of most verbs to form the past simple:

jump > jumped         lift > lifted          start > started         finish > finished       look > looked

 

If the verb already has an “e” at the end of the base, just add – to the end:

arrive > arrived    close > closed     sneeze > sneezed     believe > believed

 

Irregular forms:

Irregular Verbs - Simple Past

Exercises:

  1. Edward (go) _____________ for a run before he (eat) ______________ breakfast this morning.
  2. I don’t know if he (be) ____________ sick, but he (cough) ____________ and (sneeze) ____________ three times during our conversation.
  3. The students (finish) _____________ studying, (close) _____________ their books and (put) ____________ away their notebooks.
  4. When Joanne (begin) _____________ to sing, my sister (laugh) _____________ at her.
  5. Steve used to play tennis, but since he (sprain) _____________ his ankle, he hasn’t even tried.
  6. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson (think) _____________ that they could make it to the train station on time, but they (be) ____________ mistaken.
  7. Have you seen Mark’s dad?  He (shave) _____________ his beard and now he looks like a turtle.
  8. You (leave) _____________ the window open last night and the thunder storm (wake) _____________ me up.
  9. My aunt (go) _____________ on a business trip to New York last month and (ride) _____________ the subway for the first time in her life.
  10. When Harry and Marge’s plane (land) _____________, they (pick up) _____________ their luggage, (exit) _____________ the airport, (hail) _____________ a cab and (head) _____________ into downtown Los Angeles.

Answers:

Audio: Answer Guide (L1 & L2)

 

 

  1. Edward (go) ___went_____ for a run before he (eat) _____ate_____ breakfast this morning.
  2. I don’t know if he (be) ___was____ sick, but he (cough) _____coughed_____ and (sneeze) ___sneezed_____ three times during our conversation.
  3. The students (finish) _____finished___ studying, (close) ___closed_____ their books and (put) _____put____ away their notebooks.
  4. When Joanne (begin) _____began____ to sing, my sister (laugh) _____laughed____ at her.
  5. Steve used to play tennis, but since he (sprain) ___sprained____ his ankle, he hasn’t even tried.
  6. Mr. and Mrs. Jackson (think) _____thought_____ that they could make it to the train station on time, but they (be) ____were___ mistaken.
  7. Have you seen Mark’s dad?  He (shave) _____shaved_____ his beard and now he looks like a turtle.
  8. You (leave) ____left____ the window open last night and the thunder storm (wake) _____woke___ me up.
  9. My aunt (go) _____went____ on a business trip to New York last month and (ride) ____rode____ the subway for the first time in her life.
  10. When Harry and Marge’s plane (land) ____landed___, they (pick up) ___picked up______ their luggage, (exit) ___exited_____ the airport, (hail) _____hailed___ a cab and (head) _____headed___ into downtown Los Angeles.

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