Past Tense Verbs

        Remember a few rules for changing a verb to the past tense!
Simply add ed to the basic form of some verbs.
When the basic form ends with a silent e, drop the e, then add ed.
When the basic form ends with a consonant plus y, change the y to i,     then add ed.

Read the poem and think about the rules you've learned for forming past tense verbs.

 

When Frankenstein Came to My Birthday
by Robert Scotellaro

                                  He came to my birthday
                          #1    and banged down the door.
                          #2    He knocked over plates
                                  and dropped cake on the floor.

                          #3    He shouted so loud
                                  that we plugged up our ears.
                          #4    He stomped on our sneakers,
                                  which brought us to tears.

                                  He drank all the punch,
                                  for he had a great thirst.
                          #5    He squeezed me so tight
                                  that I thought I would burst!


                                  He sat on the couch
                                  and it broke into bits.
                                  My mother and father
                                  were both having fits.

                                  "We all make mistakes," Momma said,
                                  "now and then.
                                  But don't invite Frankenstein,
                                  ever again!!!"

                                          Robert Scotellaro
                                          Reprinted from Happy Birthday to Me!
                                          published by Meadowbrook Press.

Answer the questions below by going back to the # in the poem. Use the rules you learned in the lesson.


Look at #1.
What is the past tense verb in this line?



 


Look at #2.
What is the past tense verb in this line?



 


Look at #3.
What is the past tense verb in this line?



 


Look at #4.
What is the past tense verb in this line
?


 


Look at #5.
What is the past tense verb in this line?



 

There are other past tense verbs in this poem
that follow different rules. Can you find any of them? Click on the down arrow to see more!

Now that you've had some practice,
click on the monster to play a game.

 



 
 

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