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What ๐Ÿค”Is The Past๐Ÿ”™ Tense? - Grammar For Kids

Updated: Nov 16, 2022

The past tense ๐Ÿ”™ is used for actions๐ŸŠโ€โ™‚๏ธ in a time โฐ that has already happened.

In this blog, we will learn about 2 types of past tense.

  1. Past Simple Tense

  2. Past Continuous Tense

Past Simple Tense

We can use the past simple tense to talk๐Ÿ—ฃ about things that happened at a certain ๐Ÿ“ point in the๐Ÿ”™ past.

To form the past simple tense, we need past tense verbs. Past tense verbs include words like:

  • ate ๐Ÿฝ

  • played โ›น๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  • ran ๐Ÿƒ๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ

  • jumped๐Ÿคพ๐Ÿผโ€โ™‚๏ธ

  • cooked ๐Ÿฅฆ ๐Ÿฅฌ ๐Ÿฅ’

  • looked ๐Ÿ‘€

Let's practise

1. The girl๐Ÿ‘€ watched ๐Ÿ“บ TV yesterday.

2. Yesterday, I ๐Ÿฝ ate๐Ÿณ๐Ÿฅž breakfast.

Past Continuous

We can use the past continuous tense to talk about something that was happening๐Ÿ”„ in the past or to say that someone was doing ๐Ÿšดsomething in the past.

To form the past continuous tense, we need the words was or were and the verb ending in -ing.

Let's practise

1. Sue was swimming๐ŸŠโ€โ™€๏ธ in the pool yesterday.

2. Jane was eating๐Ÿฆ ice cream in the park ๐Ÿž๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿ‡ last week.

Ways to practise the past tense at home:

1. Sticky Note Sort๐Ÿ—’๐Ÿ”€

Use sticky ๐Ÿ—’ notes and write some common past simple tense and past continuous tense verbs on them. Use some ๐Ÿ“œpaper to draw 2 columns and label them 'past simple' and 'past continuous'. Once you have done this, you can practise sorting ๐Ÿ”€your verbs into the correctโœ”๏ธ columns.

2. Build A Sentence๐Ÿšง ๐Ÿ—

Cut a piece of paper๐Ÿ“œ into 10 pieces. On each piece, write a past tense verb. Put each paper into a hat. Without looking๐Ÿ™ˆ, choose a piece of paper and read ๐Ÿ“šthe word out loud. The first person to make a sentence using the word gets a๐ŸŽ– point. The person with the most points wins๐Ÿฅ‡.

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