Sunday, March 4, 2012

The Past Form of Verbs


Learning English is fun. It is so easy to learn English. But first, you have to harness learning the basics in order for you to fully enjoy the fullness of learning the language.

You need to master the concepts of it because no matter how many generations will pass by, it is still the kind of rules, the kind of techniques and the procedures that you will follow. There is no alteration. The basics in English are constant. Just like the Past Form of Irregular Verbs, they are basic in English.

There are two forms of the past tense. We have the:

1. Regular Verbs. They are formed simply by adding –d or –ed to the simple verb.
Examples: received (You add –d to the simple verb, receive.), solved (You add –d to the simple verb, solve.), passed (You add –ed to the simple verb, pass.)

2. Irregular Verbs. They are formed simply by changing the spelling of the verb. That is why, it is called irregular because they are not regularly formed in a way that you have to change their spelling in order for you to attain the past forms of the verbs.

Examples: (In the first example, the past form of the verb am is was and so, was is called the irregular verb. The spelling has been changed based from its simple form.)
am – was                              lay – laid
bear – bore                           lead – led
become – became                 lose - lost
begin – began                       ride - rode
blow – blew                         ring - rang
break – broke                      rise - rose
bring – brought                    run – ran
catch – caught                      see - saw
choose – chose                    shake – shook
come – came                       show - showed
do – did                                shine - shone
draw – drew                       shrink – shrank
drink – drank                     sing – sang
drive – drove                     sit – sat
eat – ate                              speak – spoke
fall – fell                              spring – sprang
flee – fled                           steal – stole
fly – flew                             swim – swam
forget – forgot                     swing – swung
freeze – froze                       take – took
get – got                              teach – taught
give – gave                          tear - tore
go – went                            think - thought
grow – grew                        throw - threw
hide – hid                            wear - wore
know – knew                      weave – wove
write – wrote

*There are also few forms of irregular past tense that does not alter their spelling based on the simple form of the verb. These words are:
beat – beat
burst – burst

Always remember that the use of the past tense indicates an action that is happening in the past. Be sure to remember that past actions are those things that are happening yesterday, last month, last week, this morning, long time ago, a year ago and the like. That is why, when you are writing a sentence or when you write compositions that you are referring to the past times, then use the past tense, regular and irregular forms.

Example: Yesterday or just this past hour, you are doing the household chores that your mother tasked you to do. You will write in your sentence.

I washed the dishes yesterday. Or plainly write: I washed the dishes.
I cooked food for my sisters yesterday. Or I cooked food for my sisters.

Learning to write the use tense of verb signals what time you perform or what specific time you do the things or when did it happen. Never confuse yourself when you write actions in the past, always use the past tense of the verb.

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