What is the Past Tense in English? - Examples & Overview


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The simple past tense is used to describe an action that...

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1. The past-progressive tense is formed by using was/were along with what form of the verb?

2. Which of the following tenses is used to sequence past action?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz/worksheet combo to help you test your understanding of how to recognize and use the different past tense forms in English. Some of the topics you'll be assessed on include the usage of past-perfect tense as well as past-progressive tense.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you'll be tested on:

  • Simple past tense
  • Past-progressive tense
  • Past-perfect tense
  • Past-perfect-progressive tense

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow students to test the following skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related past tense in English lesson
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as past-progressive tense and past-perfect-progressive tense
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the past tense in English

Additional Learning

To learn more about grammar, review the accompanying lesson called What is the Past Tense in English? Examples & Overview. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Define past tense
  • Differentiate between past, present, and future tenses
  • Identify and give an example of each of the four types of past tenses
  • Understand when to use what type of past tense
  • Learn the regular verb changes through the different past tenses