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Revise the Past Tense

In this worksheet, students choose the correct version of the past tense for different situations.

Key stage:  KS 3

Curriculum topic:  Grammar and Vocabulary

Curriculum subtopic:  Extend and Apply Grammatical Knowledge

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QUESTION 1 of 10

You will have already learnt that verbs can be in the present, past or future tense, but there are different ways of using verbs within each tense. All the following sentences are in the past, but they use different types of past tense.

 

Charlie lost his wallet.

Charlie has lost his wallet.

Charlie had lost his wallet.

 

 

The first sentence (Charlie lost his wallet) is the most straightfoward. It tells us that Charlie lost his wallet some time in the past and suggests that the event (losing the wallet) is over and done with.

 

If we say Charlie has lost his wallet it suggests that it has only just happened and there is the possibility that the wallet might be found again. We also use this type of past tense when something keeps happening and may happen again. (Charlie has lost his wallet lots of times.)

 

If we are already using the past tense we would use the third version (had lost) to put the action further back into the past. (Charlie told us that he had lost his wallet.)

 

In this worksheet you can practise choosing the most suitable version of the past tense for different situations.

These statements and questions use different types of past tense. Match the questions with their equivalent statements.

 

If you can't read the whole sentence in any of the boxes, hover your mouse over it.

Column A

Column B

Jason found the money.
Has Jason found the money?
Jason has found the money.
Have the boys come home early?
The boys came home early.
Did Jason find the money?
The boys have come home early.
Did the boys come home early?

This time, match the statements with their negative equivalents.

 

If you can't read the whole sentence in any of the boxes, hover your mouse over it.

Column A

Column B

Aysha broke my china horse.
Aysha hasn't broken my china horse.
Aysha has broken my china horse.
Imran's parents haven't gone to London.
Imran's parents went to London.
Imran's parents didn't go to London.
Imran's parents have gone to London.
Aysha didn't break my china horse.

Read this passage and choose the best way to complete it.

 

We were all late and we had to rush home to get changed for the wedding. We parked outside and made a dash for the door. John searched through his pockets but, to our horror, __________.

he had forgotten to bring the key.

he has forgotten to bring the key.

he forgot to bring the key.

Read this passage and choose the best way to complete it.

 

The man from the garage is on the phone. He wants to know if the car ________________ lately because he thinks there is a problem in the gear box.

made any strange noises

had made any strange noises

has made any strange noises

Read this sentence and choose the option that would complete it best.

 

My granny _________ up in a hot air balloon on her 80th birthday.

has gone

had gone

went

Read this sentence and choose the option that would complete it best.

 

Joshua remembered that he __________ his homework the night before.

has not done

had not done

did not do

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

When I was little I __________ to be a train driver but now I am older I want to be an architect.

have wanted

wanted

had wanted

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

I __________ my tea so please may I leave the table?

finished

have finished

had finished

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

Last week Maisie and Laura fell out because Maisie thought that Laura __________ her bracelet.

stole

has stolen

had stolen

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

I __________ you over and over again not to do that!

told

have told

had told

  • Question 1

These statements and questions use different types of past tense. Match the questions with their equivalent statements.

 

If you can't read the whole sentence in any of the boxes, hover your mouse over it.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Jason found the money.
Did Jason find the money?
Jason has found the money.
Has Jason found the money?
The boys came home early.
Did the boys come home early?
The boys have come home early.
Have the boys come home early?
  • Question 2

This time, match the statements with their negative equivalents.

 

If you can't read the whole sentence in any of the boxes, hover your mouse over it.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Aysha broke my china horse.
Aysha didn't break my china horse...
Aysha has broken my china horse.
Aysha hasn't broken my china hors...
Imran's parents went to London.
Imran's parents didn't go to Lond...
Imran's parents have gone to Lond...
Imran's parents haven't gone to L...
  • Question 3

Read this passage and choose the best way to complete it.

 

We were all late and we had to rush home to get changed for the wedding. We parked outside and made a dash for the door. John searched through his pockets but, to our horror, __________.

CORRECT ANSWER
he had forgotten to bring the key.
EDDIE SAYS
The passage is already in the past tense so we need to use 'had forgotten' to put the event further back into the past.
  • Question 4

Read this passage and choose the best way to complete it.

 

The man from the garage is on the phone. He wants to know if the car ________________ lately because he thinks there is a problem in the gear box.

CORRECT ANSWER
has made any strange noises
EDDIE SAYS
This time the event is in the recent past and may still be happening, so we need to use 'has made'.
  • Question 5

Read this sentence and choose the option that would complete it best.

 

My granny _________ up in a hot air balloon on her 80th birthday.

CORRECT ANSWER
went
EDDIE SAYS
This event has happened and is finished so we simply use 'went'.
  • Question 6

Read this sentence and choose the option that would complete it best.

 

Joshua remembered that he __________ his homework the night before.

CORRECT ANSWER
had not done
EDDIE SAYS
The sentence is already in the past so we need to use 'had not done'.
  • Question 7

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

When I was little I __________ to be a train driver but now I am older I want to be an architect.

CORRECT ANSWER
wanted
  • Question 8

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

I __________ my tea so please may I leave the table?

CORRECT ANSWER
have finished
  • Question 9

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

Last week Maisie and Laura fell out because Maisie thought that Laura __________ her bracelet.

CORRECT ANSWER
had stolen
  • Question 10

Read this sentence and choose the best way to complete it.

 

I __________ you over and over again not to do that!

CORRECT ANSWER
have told
EDDIE SAYS
The best choice here is 'have told' because the event has happened lots of times and will probably happen again!
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