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The Past Tense: Using Irregular Verbs

In this worksheet, students practise forming the past tense of a number of common irregular verbs.

'The Past Tense: Using Irregular Verbs' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:  Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:  Use Past and Present Tense

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When we talk or write about something that is happening now, we use the present tense.

 

Jack is playing his violin. He practises every day.

 

When we talk or write about something that has already happened, we use the past tense.

Jack played his violin at the school concert last week.

 

To put verbs into the past tense, we often add -ed to the verb. These are called regular verbs.

play / played

walk / walked

 

Unfortunately, this rule does not work for a lot of verbs, including some of the ones we use the most. These are called irregular verbs and we just have to learn them.

eat / ate

swim / swam

 

In this worksheet you will practise putting irregular verbs into the past tense.

Match these irregular verbs with their past tenses. Look carefully at the spellings, as you will need them in later questions!

Column A

Column B

say
slept
see
drank
drink
ran
buy
read
run
wrote
sleep
saw
read
bought
go
went
write
said

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

My baby brother always sleeps with his favourite teddy.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

When he was little my brother always __________ with his favourite teddy.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Amy runs very fast when she is practising for sports day.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Amy __________ very fast when she won the race at sports day.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

I like to go to the cinema on a Friday night.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Last Friday we __________ to the cinema and saw a good film.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

My sister always buys her favourite magazine at the weekend.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

My sister went out and __________ her favourite magazine on Saturday.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

I like to write poems in my spare time.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Last night I __________ a poem about the sun.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Liam is seeing his dad at the weekend.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Liam __________ his dad last weekend.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Yasmin says that she is coming to my party.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Yasmin __________ that she was coming to my party.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Our teacher reads to us at the end of every day.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Last week our teacher __________ a really exciting story to us.

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

My brother drinks a lot of coke but I don't like it.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

My brother __________ two cans of coke with his lunch.

  • Question 1

Match these irregular verbs with their past tenses. Look carefully at the spellings, as you will need them in later questions!

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

say
said
see
saw
drink
drank
buy
bought
run
ran
sleep
slept
read
read
go
went
write
wrote
EDDIE SAYS
The past tense of the verb 'read' is spelt the same way as the present tense but we pronounce it differently. (The past tense sounds the same as the colour red.)
  • Question 2

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

My baby brother always sleeps with his favourite teddy.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

When he was little my brother always __________ with his favourite teddy.

CORRECT ANSWER
slept
  • Question 3

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Amy runs very fast when she is practising for sports day.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Amy __________ very fast when she won the race at sports day.

CORRECT ANSWER
ran
  • Question 4

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

I like to go to the cinema on a Friday night.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Last Friday we __________ to the cinema and saw a good film.

CORRECT ANSWER
went
  • Question 5

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

My sister always buys her favourite magazine at the weekend.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

My sister went out and __________ her favourite magazine on Saturday.

CORRECT ANSWER
bought
EDDIE SAYS
A lot of people muddle up 'bought' and 'brought'. 'Brought' is the past tense of the verb 'bring'.
  • Question 6

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

I like to write poems in my spare time.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Last night I __________ a poem about the sun.

CORRECT ANSWER
wrote
  • Question 7

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Liam is seeing his dad at the weekend.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Liam __________ his dad last weekend.

CORRECT ANSWER
saw
  • Question 8

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Yasmin says that she is coming to my party.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Yasmin __________ that she was coming to my party.

CORRECT ANSWER
said
  • Question 9

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

Our teacher reads to us at the end of every day.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

Last week our teacher __________ a really exciting story to us.

CORRECT ANSWER
read
  • Question 10

Read this sentence in the present tense:

 

My brother drinks a lot of coke but I don't like it.

 

Now fill in the missing verb in the past tense.

 

My brother __________ two cans of coke with his lunch.

CORRECT ANSWER
drank
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