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Practise Your Tenses: Changing from Past to Present

In this worksheet, students practise changing sentences from the present to the past tense and vice versa.

'Practise Your Tenses: Changing from Past to Present' 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.

Jack was playing his violin when one of the strings broke.

 

In this worksheet you can practise changing sentences from one tense to another.

Read this sentence in the present tense.

 

We are watching a film.

 

If the action in the sentence took place yesterday, the sentence would be written in the past tense.

 

Which of the following sentences is correct?

Yesterday we are watching a film.

Yesterday we will watch a film.

Yesterday we watched a film.

Read this sentence in the past tense.

 

On Sunday we played football.

 

If the action in the sentence was taking place now, the sentence would be written in the present tense.

 

Which of the following sentences is correct?

We were playing football.

We will play football.

We are playing football.

There can be more than one way of writing a sentence in the past tense.

 

Read the following sentence in the present tense and tick two boxes that show the same sentence in the past tense.

 

We are visiting my auntie.

Yesterday we visited my auntie.

Yesterday we was visiting my auntie.

Yesterday we visit my auntie.

Yesterday we were visiting my auntie.

Yesterday we visiting my auntie.

There can also be more than one way of writing a sentence in the present tense.

 

Read the following sentence in the past tense and tick two boxes that show the same sentence in the present tense.

 

I practised my guitar last night.

I am practising my guitar now.

I practised my guitar now.

I practise my guitar every day.

I was practise my guitar now.

I will practise my guitar.

Fill in the missing word to complete the second sentence in the past tense.

 

Jack wins the first prize in the art competition every year.


Last night Jack __________ first prize again!

 

You only need to write the missing word in the answer box.

Fill in the missing word to complete the second sentence in the past tense.

 

Steven plays the drums in our school band.


On Monday Steven __________ the drums in our concert.

 

You only need to write the missing word in the answer box.

Fill in the missing word to complete the second sentence in the present tense.

 

Lily's dad bought a new car last week.


Lily's dad  __________  a new car every year.

 

You only need to write the missing word in the answer box.

Fill in the missing words to complete the second sentence in the present tense. There are two missing words this time.

 

Nadia saved up for a new phone last year.


This year Nadia __________ up for a new bicycle.

 

You only need to write the missing words in the answer box.

Fill in the missing words to complete the second sentence in the past tense. There are two missing words this time.

 

We are having a picnic this afternoon.


Yesterday we __________ a picnic when it started to rain really heavily.

 

You only need to write the missing words in the answer box.

Fill in the missing word or words to complete the second sentence in the past tense. You need to decide if it is one or two words.

 

We are practising very hard for our school play.


Last term we __________ very hard for our concert.

 

You only need to write the missing word(s) in the answer box.

  • Question 1

Read this sentence in the present tense.

 

We are watching a film.

 

If the action in the sentence took place yesterday, the sentence would be written in the past tense.

 

Which of the following sentences is correct?

CORRECT ANSWER
Yesterday we watched a film.
EDDIE SAYS
The past tense of the verb 'to watch' is 'watched'.
  • Question 2

Read this sentence in the past tense.

 

On Sunday we played football.

 

If the action in the sentence was taking place now, the sentence would be written in the present tense.

 

Which of the following sentences is correct?

CORRECT ANSWER
We are playing football.
EDDIE SAYS
The correct present tense is 'are playing'.
  • Question 3

There can be more than one way of writing a sentence in the past tense.

 

Read the following sentence in the present tense and tick two boxes that show the same sentence in the past tense.

 

We are visiting my auntie.

CORRECT ANSWER
Yesterday we visited my auntie.
Yesterday we were visiting my auntie.
EDDIE SAYS
The most common form is 'visited' but you might write 'were visiting' if something else happened while you were there. For example: 'Yesterday we were visiting my auntie when she found out she had won the lottery.'
  • Question 4

There can also be more than one way of writing a sentence in the present tense.

 

Read the following sentence in the past tense and tick two boxes that show the same sentence in the present tense.

 

I practised my guitar last night.

CORRECT ANSWER
I am practising my guitar now.
I practise my guitar every day.
EDDIE SAYS
We use 'am practising' for something that we are doing right now, but we use 'practise' for something that we do regularly, such as every day or every week.
  • Question 5

Fill in the missing word to complete the second sentence in the past tense.

 

Jack wins the first prize in the art competition every year.


Last night Jack __________ first prize again!

 

You only need to write the missing word in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
won
EDDIE SAYS
The past tense of the verb 'to win' is 'won'.
  • Question 6

Fill in the missing word to complete the second sentence in the past tense.

 

Steven plays the drums in our school band.


On Monday Steven __________ the drums in our concert.

 

You only need to write the missing word in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
played
EDDIE SAYS
The past tense of the verb 'to play' is 'played'.
  • Question 7

Fill in the missing word to complete the second sentence in the present tense.

 

Lily's dad bought a new car last week.


Lily's dad  __________  a new car every year.

 

You only need to write the missing word in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
buys
EDDIE SAYS
Because Lily's dad keeps buying new cars we use 'buys' rather than 'is buying'.
  • Question 8

Fill in the missing words to complete the second sentence in the present tense. There are two missing words this time.

 

Nadia saved up for a new phone last year.


This year Nadia __________ up for a new bicycle.

 

You only need to write the missing words in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
is saving
EDDIE SAYS
We use 'is saving' rather than 'saved' because Nadia is in the middle of saving right now.
  • Question 9

Fill in the missing words to complete the second sentence in the past tense. There are two missing words this time.

 

We are having a picnic this afternoon.


Yesterday we __________ a picnic when it started to rain really heavily.

 

You only need to write the missing words in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
were having
EDDIE SAYS
We use 'were having' rather than 'had' because the people were in the middle of their picnic when the rain started.
  • Question 10

Fill in the missing word or words to complete the second sentence in the past tense. You need to decide if it is one or two words.

 

We are practising very hard for our school play.


Last term we __________ very hard for our concert.

 

You only need to write the missing word(s) in the answer box.

CORRECT ANSWER
practised
EDDIE SAYS
The correct form is 'practised' because the action is over and done with.
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