English Past Tense Words List & Flashcards

English Past Tense Words List & Flashcards
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I ran to see my friend.

The verb in bold is in the _____ tense.

Simple past - ran is the irregular simple past form of the verb to run.
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I was running late.

The verb in bold is in the _____ tense.

Past-progressive - the word was is used along with the suffix -ing.
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Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana had swum for hours before she needed to leave.

Past-perfect or pluperfect - swum is the irregular pluperfect form of to swim.
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Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana swam from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Simple past - swam is the simple tense form of the verb to swim.
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Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana had been swimming when Jeremy called her for lunch.

Past-perfect-progressive - this past tense is formed with the words had been and the suffix -ing.
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Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana was swimming all afternoon.

Past-progressive - the past tense is formed with the word was.
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To make a present participle, one usually takes the stem of a regular verb and adds the suffix _____.
Suffix: '-ing'
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Was + present participle

Were + present participle

Identify whether the above formulas are for a) past-progressive verbs or b) past-perfect verbs.

a) Past-progressive verbs - was and were are used to form the past-progressive tense.
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Identify whether the following words are examples of a) simple past tense or b) past progressive tense.

jumped

danced

played

a) Simple past tense - all of these actions were completed in the past.
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An event happening right in the moment is happening in the _____ tense.
Present
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Flashcard Content Overview

There are four primary kinds of tenses for actions that happened in the past: simple past, past-progressive, past-perfect, and past-perfect-progressive. Often it is easier for native speakers to simply use these tenses, and to do so without recognizing or identifying why and how they selected each one. Use these flashcards to practice identifying past tense words and to practice shifting between the four kinds of past tenses.

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An event happening right in the moment is happening in the _____ tense.
Present

Identify whether the following words are examples of a) simple past tense or b) past progressive tense.

jumped

danced

played

a) Simple past tense - all of these actions were completed in the past.

Was + present participle

Were + present participle

Identify whether the above formulas are for a) past-progressive verbs or b) past-perfect verbs.

a) Past-progressive verbs - was and were are used to form the past-progressive tense.
To make a present participle, one usually takes the stem of a regular verb and adds the suffix _____.
Suffix: '-ing'

Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana was swimming all afternoon.

Past-progressive - the past tense is formed with the word was.

Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana had been swimming when Jeremy called her for lunch.

Past-perfect-progressive - this past tense is formed with the words had been and the suffix -ing.

Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana swam from 9:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Simple past - swam is the simple tense form of the verb to swim.

Identify the verb tense in bold:

Tiana had swum for hours before she needed to leave.

Past-perfect or pluperfect - swum is the irregular pluperfect form of to swim.

I was running late.

The verb in bold is in the _____ tense.

Past-progressive - the word was is used along with the suffix -ing.

I ran to see my friend.

The verb in bold is in the _____ tense.

Simple past - ran is the irregular simple past form of the verb to run.

I had hoped to speak with my neighbor before she left.

The verb in bold is in the _____ tense.

Past-perfect or pluperfect - this form uses had and the suffix -ed.

I had been hoping to speak with my neighbor until I learned that she had already left.

The verb in bold is in the _____ tense.

Past-perfect-progressive: this tense uses the words had been along with the suffix -ing.

Identify the present participle in the sentence below:

Sandra was trying to improve her grades.

Trying - the present participle is used in combination with the word was in the past-progressive tense.
One irregular verb is write, which is _____ in the simple past tense.
wrote

Identify the tense of the verb below:

had fished

Past-perfect or pluperfect - this tense uses the word had with the suffix -ed.

Identify the tense of the verb below.

fished

Simple past - This tense only uses the suffix -ed.

Identify the tense of the verb below.

had been fishing

Past-perfect-progressive - this tense uses the words had been with the suffix -ing.

Identify the tense of the verb below:

was fishing

Past-progressive - this tense uses the word was with the suffix -ing.

Change this sentence into past-perfect tense:

Miranda closed the door.

Miranda had closed the door.

Change this sentence into past-progressive tense.

Miranda closed the door.

Miranda was closing the door.

Change this sentence into past-perfect-progressive tense:

Miranda closed the door.

Miranda had been closing the door.

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