The past tense is one of the most important tenses in English for two reasons:
- We all love reflecting on the past and seeing how good (or bad!) our decisions were
- In English, there are lots and lots of irregular verbs
But are there any patterns for these irregular verbs? How can I study them with some simple language tricks? Well, unfortunately they are almost all completely random and there is almost no way to learn them without committing them to memory! So be sure to have a look at the Scrambled Eggs list of most common irregular verbs in the English language
After having a look at the above link, how about we try a little exercise where you can try to use some of the most typical English irregular verbs?
Here is a story about a student at university:
Past Tense Irregulars
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Complete the sentences with the correct past form of the verbs in brackets.
- When I (was) (be) 18, I (left) (leave) the house and (went) (go) to college. It was a devastating experience. I (didn’t have, didn't have) (have, negative) any friends, I only (knew) (know) my roommate, and I (found) (find) the classes really difficult! One day, I was in the library studying and a man (came) (come) up to me and (asked) (ask) me a simple question: do you know where the bathroom is? We (spoke) (speak) for a few minutes, and he (told) (tell) me that he (was) (be) born in the same city as me! We (became) (become) friends almost immediately. I also (understood) (understand) from the way he (talked) (talk) that he really (enjoyed) (enjoy) art, so we (decided) (decide) to meet once a week to draw together. When I was with him, I (drew) (draw) really well, I was so inspired! Today, I can thank this man, Chris, for helping me develop my passion for art. He will forever be my muse, and for that I am grateful!
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