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Monday, November 5, 2012

Unit 11 : The Simple Past Tense


1)    We use the Simple Past Tense to show a past action at a definite point in time.
Examples :
She baked a cake every day.
2)    Except for the auxiliary verbs (was and were), the Simple Past verb is not effected by number. Past Tense verbs do not have singular or plural forms.

3)    To form the past tense of verbs, ‘-ed’ or ‘-d’ is added to regular verbs.
Examples :

Regular verbs
Past Tense
Regular verbs
Past Tense
Work
Worked
Light
Lighted
Kick
kicked
pull
Pulled


4)    The Simple Past Tense form for the auxiliary verb ‘to be’ is as follows :

Auxiliary verb
Simple Past Tense
Singular subject
Plural subject
am/is
was
-
are
-
were






Examples :

Singular subjects



was at the library this morning.
I
He
She
It
The girl
Plural subjects


were at the library yesterday.
We
You
They
The girls



Exercises :
1)    Someone ____________ for you an hour ago.
a)    call
b)    calls
c)    to call
d)    called
2)    We __________ Scrabble last night, we had a fun time, din’t we?
a)    play
b)    plays
c)    to play
d)    played

3)    It ___________ heavily two days ago but the garden is still muddy.
a)    rain
b)    rains
c)    to rain
d)    rained
4)    What _________ you say to her yesterday?
a)    do
b)    did
c)    does
d)    to do
5)    Last weekend my friends and I ____________ to Bukit Besar.
a)    hike
b)    hikes
c)    hiked
d)    hiking
6)    The police __________ a man trying to break into my neighbour’s house yesterday.
a)    catch
b)    caught
c)    catches
d)    catching
7)    My brother __________ last night from Penang on the last bus.
a)    arrive                                       c) arrived
b)    arrives                                     d) to arrive

8)    My uncle and his family _________ in this house several years ago.
a)    lives
b)    lived
c)    living
d)    to live
9)    The water in the lake _______ last night.
a)    froze
b)    freezes
c)    freezing
d)    To freeze
10)  The postman _________ these letters a few minutes ago.
a)    deliver
b)    delivers
c)    delivered
d)    delivering

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