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Understand Tenses: Verb Awareness 2

In this worksheet, students revise the past tense, look at irregular verbs and contrast with the present perfect.

'Understand Tenses: Verb Awareness 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Nouns, Verbs & Tenses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

The past tense is used for events that have already happened.


Alice played her guitar in the school concert last week.

Regular verbs form the past tense by adding -ed (play + ed = played) but there are many irregular verbs that form the past tense in different ways.

Alice went to her guitar lesson yesterday. Her dad took her there by car but she came home on the bus.

Sometimes groups of irregular verbs form their past tenses in the same way.

shake    shook

take    took

Things are never that simple, though, and there is usually an odd one out!

make    made

The present perfect tense tells us that we have finished something now.

I have eaten my sandwiches.

The verb sleep becomes slept in the past tense.

 

Andrew and his brother sleep in bunk beds.

Andrew slept in a cot when he was a baby.

 

All the verbs in the list except one form their past tense in the same way. Tick the odd one out.

beep

creep

sweep

weep

The verb grow becomes grew in the past tense.

 

My dad likes to grow tomatoes.

He grew lots of vegetables last summer.

 

All the verbs in the list except one form their past tense in the same way. Tick the odd one out.

blow

crow

know

throw

The verb feed becomes fed in the past tense.

 

Michael feeds the dog every day.

His sister fed the cat yesterday.

 

This time, only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

bleed

need

weed

The verb slide becomes slid in the past tense.

 

Josh likes to slide on the ice.

Yesterday he slid into a wall and hurt himself

 

Only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

ride

hide

stride

The verb ring becomes rang in the past tense.

 

Our telephone is always ringing.

Yesterday it rang ten times.

 

Only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

bring

fling

sing

The verb shrink becomes shrank in the past tense.

 

Clothes can shrink in the wash if the water is too hot.

My mum shrank my favourite jumper by mistake.

 

This time, only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

blink

drink

think

Some verbs, such as put, stay the same in the past tense.

 

I put the bin out every Monday night.

Last night I put the bin out early.

 

All the verbs in the list stay the same in the past tense except one. Tick the odd one out.

cut

split

shoot

burst

All the verbs in this list stay the same in the past tense except one. Tick the odd one out.

treat

shut

hit

bet

Read the following passage, which has all the verbs in bold.

How many deliberate mistakes can you find?

 

Something exciting happened yesterday. We saw smoke coming from the house next door so we ringed the fire brigade and they sended three fire engines. Smoke came out of the windows and we saw flames inside but luckily nobody was at home. The fire fighters poured water into the house and putted the fire out.

2

3

4

How many mistakes can you find this time?

 

Yesterday my aunty took my sister and me to the swimming pool. We had our lesson and then went on the water chute. I slided down five times but then I swallowed some water and feeled sick so we got out. My sister wanted fish and chips but my aunite had brung sandwiches so we eated those instead.

3

4

5

  • Question 1

The verb sleep becomes slept in the past tense.

 

Andrew and his brother sleep in bunk beds.

Andrew slept in a cot when he was a baby.

 

All the verbs in the list except one form their past tense in the same way. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
beep
EDDIE SAYS
\'Beep\' becomes \'beeped\' but the others are \'crept\', \'slept\' and \'wept\'.
  • Question 2

The verb grow becomes grew in the past tense.

 

My dad likes to grow tomatoes.

He grew lots of vegetables last summer.

 

All the verbs in the list except one form their past tense in the same way. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
crow
EDDIE SAYS
\'Crow \' becomes \'crowed\' in the past tense. The others are \'blew\', \'knew\' and \'threw\'.
  • Question 3

The verb feed becomes fed in the past tense.

 

Michael feeds the dog every day.

His sister fed the cat yesterday.

 

This time, only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

CORRECT ANSWER
bleed
EDDIE SAYS
\'Bleed\' becomes \'bled\'. The other two are \'needed\' and \'weeded\'.
  • Question 4

The verb slide becomes slid in the past tense.

 

Josh likes to slide on the ice.

Yesterday he slid into a wall and hurt himself

 

Only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

CORRECT ANSWER
hide
EDDIE SAYS
\'Hide\' becomes \'hid\'. The other two are \'rode\' and \'strode\'.
  • Question 5

The verb ring becomes rang in the past tense.

 

Our telephone is always ringing.

Yesterday it rang ten times.

 

Only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

CORRECT ANSWER
sing
EDDIE SAYS
\'Sing\' becomes \'sang\'. The others are \'brought\' and \'flung\'.
  • Question 6

The verb shrink becomes shrank in the past tense.

 

Clothes can shrink in the wash if the water is too hot.

My mum shrank my favourite jumper by mistake.

 

This time, only one of the words in the list forms the past tense in the same way. Tick the word.

CORRECT ANSWER
drink
EDDIE SAYS
\'Drink\' becomes \'drank\'. The others are \'blinked\' and \'thought\'.
  • Question 7

Some verbs, such as put, stay the same in the past tense.

 

I put the bin out every Monday night.

Last night I put the bin out early.

 

All the verbs in the list stay the same in the past tense except one. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
shoot
EDDIE SAYS
\'Shoot\' becomes \'shot\'.
  • Question 8

All the verbs in this list stay the same in the past tense except one. Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
treat
EDDIE SAYS
\'Treat\' becomes \'treated\'.
  • Question 9

Read the following passage, which has all the verbs in bold.

How many deliberate mistakes can you find?

 

Something exciting happened yesterday. We saw smoke coming from the house next door so we ringed the fire brigade and they sended three fire engines. Smoke came out of the windows and we saw flames inside but luckily nobody was at home. The fire fighters poured water into the house and putted the fire out.

CORRECT ANSWER
3
EDDIE SAYS
The incorrect verbs should be \'rang\', \'sent\' and \'put\'.
  • Question 10

How many mistakes can you find this time?

 

Yesterday my aunty took my sister and me to the swimming pool. We had our lesson and then went on the water chute. I slided down five times but then I swallowed some water and feeled sick so we got out. My sister wanted fish and chips but my aunite had brung sandwiches so we eated those instead.

CORRECT ANSWER
4
EDDIE SAYS
The incorrect verbs should be \'slid\', \'felt\', \'brought\' and \'ate\'.
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