Volume 4, Number 6, October 12, 1999
To make the past tense or past participle form of most verbs (regular verbs) we simply add “ed” at the end.
Examples using the verb “walk”:
Past Tense: I walked through the maze.
Past Participle: I have walked through the maze.
(The past participle form is used in the present perfect, past perfect, and future perfect tenses. The above example is written in the present perfect tense.)
Irregular verbs are not that simple. We sometimes need a dictionary to help us write the different forms of irregular verbs.
Examples using the verb “see”:
Past Tense: We saw the secret maps.
Past Participle: We have seen the secret maps.
Look up the word “see” in the dictionary. Notice that the different forms of the word are given. Look up “walk.” Notice that the dictionary doesn’t bother to give the different forms of regular verbs.
Change the verb that comes after each sentence to its past tense form and write it in the blank. You may refer to a dictionary. The first sentence has been completed for you.
1. I did all my homework in study hall.do
2. She ____________ of a better way to do it.think
3. Sam ____________ us to lock the doors.remind
4. They ____________ their names on the list.put
5. Who ____________ my new shoes?borrow
6. We never ____________ his real name.know
Change the verb that comes after each sentence to its past participle form and write it in the blank. You may refer to a dictionary. The first sentence has been completed for you.
1. I have never driven such a wonderful car!drive
2. Frank had ____________ the whole pizza before we arrived.eat
3. They’ve ____________ and trusted her for years.know
4. Osgood has always ____________ others for his mistakes.blame
5. The candidates have ____________ their opinions on our site.write
6. He’s ____________ his favorite song for the ceremony.pick
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