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Understand Tenses: Verb Awareness 1

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

'Understand Tenses: Verb Awareness 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Vocabulary, Grammar and Punctuation

Curriculum subtopic:   Tense Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A verb is a doing or action word.

 

The present tense means that something is happening now.

The children are walking down the road. They walk to school every day.

 

The past tense is used for something that has already happened.

The children walked to school last week.

 

We form the past tense of a lot of verbs by adding the suffix ed.

walk + ed = walked

 

However, there are also a lot of verbs that change completely in the past tense.

We don't say 'I eated my dinner'. The past tense of the verb eat is ate.

I ate all my dinner yesterday.

 

Unfortunately we just have to learn which verbs form the past tense by adding ed and which ones change!

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

think

thinked

thunk

thought

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

shoot

shot

shooted

shotted

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

speak

speaked

spoke

spoked

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

take

taked

tooken

took

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

run

ran

runned

ranned

For the next five questions you need to read the sentences and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version of the verb in the box.

 

Kimberley loved playing in the park. She climbed the tower, ran along the bridge and slided down the slide.

Read the sentences and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Jonny loved being in the school choir. He went every week and always sung with a lot of enthusiasm.

Read the sentence and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Adil writed his thank you letters as soon as he had opened his presents.

Read the sentence and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Jeremy hit the ball a long way but the fielder was very quick and catched it near the boundary.

Read the sentences and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Josie found spellings very difficult. She always tryed really hard but never got all of them right.

  • Question 1

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

think

CORRECT ANSWER
thought
EDDIE SAYS
'I thought about what I ate for lunch yesterday.'
  • Question 2

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

shoot

CORRECT ANSWER
shot
EDDIE SAYS
'He shot the bird as it flew from a tree.'
  • Question 3

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

speak

CORRECT ANSWER
spoke
EDDIE SAYS
'Amy spoke to her sister on the phone before dinner.'
  • Question 4

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

take

CORRECT ANSWER
took
EDDIE SAYS
'Katie took the library books back early and chose some more.'
  • Question 5

Choose the correct past tense of the following verb.

 

run

CORRECT ANSWER
ran
EDDIE SAYS
'The gingerbread man ran as fast as he could.'
  • Question 6

For the next five questions you need to read the sentences and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version of the verb in the box.

 

Kimberley loved playing in the park. She climbed the tower, ran along the bridge and slided down the slide.

CORRECT ANSWER
slid
EDDIE SAYS
'... and slid down the slide.' This slide looks great fun, doesn't it?
  • Question 7

Read the sentences and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Jonny loved being in the school choir. He went every week and always sung with a lot of enthusiasm.

CORRECT ANSWER
sang
EDDIE SAYS
'...always sang with a lot of enthusiasm.' Good for Jonny, it's so great when we find a hobby we are enthusiastic about!
  • Question 8

Read the sentence and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Adil writed his thank you letters as soon as he had opened his presents.

CORRECT ANSWER
wrote
EDDIE SAYS
'Adil wrote his thank you letters.' Adil seems very keen to let everyone know how much he appreciates their present. Good for him!
  • Question 9

Read the sentence and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Jeremy hit the ball a long way but the fielder was very quick and catched it near the boundary.

CORRECT ANSWER
caught
EDDIE SAYS
'...and caught it near the boundary.' Nice hit Jeremy, it can be tricky to hit the ball a long way!
  • Question 10

Read the sentences and work out which past tense verb is incorrect. Write the correct version in the box.

 

Josie found spellings very difficult. She always tryed really hard but never got all of them right.

CORRECT ANSWER
tried
EDDIE SAYS
'She always tried really hard but never got all of them right.' The 'y' at the end of try is dropped here, and we add an 'i' before the suffix '-ed'.
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