Past Tense Verbs

Verbs that tell about an action that happened in the past are called past tense verbs.

The basic form of a verb changes to make it a past tense verb.

What does that mean?

 


 

 

Here are just a few of the rules!

RULE # 1

The letters ed can be added to many verbs to show that something happened in the past.

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Basic Form Past Tense
talk talked
blink blinked
play played

 

RULE # 2

When the basic form ends with a silent e, drop the e, then add ed.

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Basic Form Past Tense
love loved
smile smiled
bake
 
baked

 

RULE # 3

When the basic form ends with a consonant plus y, change the y to i, then add ed.

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Basic Form Past Tense
fry fried
cry cried
carry carried

 

Keep these rules in mind when changing the basic form of a verb to the past tense.
     *Sometimes adding ed to a verb will change it to the past tense.
     *When a verb ends in silent e, drop the e, then add ed.
     *When a verb ends with a consonant plus y, change the y to i,  
    then
add ed.

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