ESL Writing

Grammar: Past Tense

In this ESL writing exercise, students are introduced to the past tense, and they can practice writing sentences using the past tense.

 

Grammar

 

Past Tense

 

· When you talk about something that happened before now, you change the verb to past tense.

 

Verb

Past Tense Verb

 

 

Verb

 

Past Tense Verb

watch

play

help

start

finish

watched

played

helped

started

finished

 

go

eat

see

have

sit

went

ate

saw

had

sat

 

 

Examples:

We played basketball for two hours yesterday.

(“Yesterday” is before now.)

 

Jane had a birthday party last month.

(“Last month” is before now.)

 

My mother went to Japan three days ago.

(“Three days ago” is before now.)

 

 

Write your own past tense sentences:

 

 

1. ________________________________________________________

 

 

2. ________________________________________________________

 

 

3. ________________________________________________________

 

 

4. ________________________________________________________

 

 

5. ________________________________________________________

 

 

 

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