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Understand the Present and Past Tense 2

In this worksheet, students decide whether sentences are in the present or past tense by examining the verbs.

'Understand the Present and Past Tense 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 1

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Use Past and Present Tense

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Sentences can be in the present tense or the past tense.

 

 

If something is happening now, we use the present tense.

Mia plays her recorder every day.

Mia is playing her recorder in her bedroom.

 

If something has already happened, we use the past tense.

Mia played her recorder in assembly yesterday.

 

We can tell whether a sentence is in the present tense or the past tense by looking at the verb (the action word).

 

In the present tense we say 'plays' or 'is playing'.

In the past tense we say 'played'.

 

In this worksheet you can practise looking at verbs to see whether a sentence is in the present tense or the past tense.

Read this sentence:

 

Adil is wearing his new boots.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the present tense.

Adil

is wearing

new

Read this sentence:

 

Ava goes to her granny's house every Friday.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the present tense.

goes

house

Friday

Read this sentence:

 

My brother went away to university last week.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the past tense.

brother

went

university

Read this sentence:

 

Carly loves chocolate cake.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the present tense.

Carly

loves

cake

Read this sentence:

 

Jacob scored the winning goal in the match.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the past tense.

Jacob

winning

scored

Read the sentence below and decide whether the verb in bold is in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Jamie ran down the stairs.

present tense

past tense

Read the sentence below and decide whether the verb in bold is in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Yasmin is learning French at school.

present tense

past tense

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence in the present tense.

 

Billy __________ pizza and chips.

is eating

ate

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence in the past tense.

 

Harry __________ at his nan's house last night.

sleeps

slept

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence in the present tense.

 

Bella __________ tennis every Saturday.

plays

played

  • Question 1

Read this sentence:

 

Adil is wearing his new boots.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the present tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
is wearing
  • Question 2

Read this sentence:

 

Ava goes to her granny's house every Friday.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the present tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
goes
  • Question 3

Read this sentence:

 

My brother went away to university last week.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the past tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
went
  • Question 4

Read this sentence:

 

Carly loves chocolate cake.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the present tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
loves
  • Question 5

Read this sentence:

 

Jacob scored the winning goal in the match.

 

Tick the verb that shows us that the sentence is in the past tense.

CORRECT ANSWER
scored
  • Question 6

Read the sentence below and decide whether the verb in bold is in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Jamie ran down the stairs.

CORRECT ANSWER
past tense
  • Question 7

Read the sentence below and decide whether the verb in bold is in the present tense or the past tense.

 

Yasmin is learning French at school.

CORRECT ANSWER
present tense
  • Question 8

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence in the present tense.

 

Billy __________ pizza and chips.

CORRECT ANSWER
is eating
  • Question 9

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence in the past tense.

 

Harry __________ at his nan's house last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
slept
  • Question 10

Choose the correct form of the verb to complete the sentence in the present tense.

 

Bella __________ tennis every Saturday.

CORRECT ANSWER
plays
---- OR ----

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