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Activity Discussion Grammar & Vocabulary Tenses Reply To: Tenses

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    To make a verb past tense in English, you generally add the suffix “-ed” to the base form of the verb. However, it’s important to note that not all verbs follow this rule, as irregular verbs have different forms for their past tense. Here are the general rules for forming the past tense of regular verbs:

    Regular verbs: Add “-ed” to the base form of the verb.

    Examples:

    Walk (base form) → Walked (past tense)

    Play (base form) → Played (past tense)

    Jump (base form) → Jumped (past tense)

    Regular verbs ending in “e”: If a regular verb ends in “e,” simply add “-d” to form the past tense.

    Examples:

    Like (base form) → Liked (past tense)

    Dance (base form) → Danced (past tense)

    Smile (base form) → Smiled (past tense)

    Regular verbs ending in a consonant followed by “y”: Change the “y” to “i” and add “-ed.”

    Examples:

    Study (base form) → Studied (past tense)

    Carry (base form) → Carried (past tense)

    Try (base form) → Tried (past tense)

    It’s important to note that irregular verbs have unique past tense forms that do not follow these patterns. Some examples of irregular verbs and their past tense forms include:

    Go (base form) → Went (past tense)

    Eat (base form) → Ate (past tense)

    Take (base form) → Took (past tense)

    It’s always helpful to consult a reliable dictionary or verb conjugation resources for specific irregular verb forms, as irregular verbs do not follow a consistent pattern.

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