The Past Tense



The Past Tense :



The Past Active form of regular verbs is formed for all three persons, singular and plural, by adding “ed” after consonant letters and by adding “d” after a silent vowel or “e”. When a “y” comes after a consonant, it changes to “i” before the ending “ed”.

She mentioned his name only once.
After a consonant, add “ed”.

I just realized how expensive that was.
Add “d” after a vowel.

They moved again last month.
Add “d” after a vowel.

He never guessed the winning numbers.
Add “ed” after consonant letters.

He always smiled at us on the way to work.
Add “d" after a vowel.

She ordered soup and a salad.
Add “ed" after consonant letters.

The boss listened for only a few minutes.
Add “ed" after consonant letters.

Mama baked the cookies last evening.
Add “d" after a vowel.

She never loved anyone as much as her first husband.
Add “d" after a vowel.

He annoyed his neighbors all evening long.
Add “ed” after consonant letters.
Remember that “y" is a consonant.

We all agreed to meet again next year. Add “d” after a vowel.

The baby cried half the night.
A "y” after a consonant changes to “i" before “ed.”

He carried the groceries out to the car.
A “y” after a consonant changes to “i" before “ed.”

He ripped the ad out of the newspaper.
Here the preceding consonant is doubled for a word of one syllable.

They blogged with one another for more than a year.
The preceding consonant is doubled.

They chatted online before they met.
The preceding consonant is doubled.

The technician programmed / programed the computer to shut off automatically.
The consonant can be doubled when it is spelled with a single letter and the vowel before it is stressed. The single consonant “m” is possible in American English.

They jogged all around Central Park.
The preceding consonant is doubled for a word of one syllable.

The old couple danced the whole night through. Add “d" after a vowel.

The old woman died with a smile on her face.
Add "d” after a vowel.

The senator echoed the words of his colleagues.
A final vowel such as “a” or "o" that is stressed is followed by “ed” as in…
Henna….hennaed
Radio…radioed

The medic wrapped his injury with bandages.
The preceding consonant is doubled.

The nurse x-rayed his leg to search for broken bones.
Add "ed” after consonant letters.

The baby spilled the milk all over the kitchen table.
Add “ed” after consonant letters.

The player dropped the ball and the whistle blew.
The preceding consonant is doubled.

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