Simple Past Tense Action Verbs

Simple Past Tense Action Verbs

In this Simple Past Tense Action Verbs full tutorial for beginners’ learners are going to learn how to form words using simple past tense and action verbs examples and familiarize the formation of word order in negative sentences and questions.

Subject matter: Past Simple
Focus Vocabulary: Action Verbs

Materials: charts, pictures

Learning Experiences

A.Pre- activity

Warm-up: Students sing a song

Vocabulary Drill: (Action verbs)

Play            drink           dance          wash

Cook           sing             catch           brush

B.Lesson Proper


Shows different pictures to students and get their ideas about the pictures.

C. Presentation

Teacher reads the text while students listen and answer the comprehension questions that follow.

 Last weekend I did a lot of things. On Saturday, I went to see a friend. We went to the park and played chess there. I went back home in the late afternoon and played some music on my computer.

Later that evening, I watched my favorite show on TV and went to bed very late.

Next morning, I spoke with my friend on the phone, but I could not visit him because I had to help my dad in the garage. There, we made a bird feeder for the birds that fly around our house.


Comprehension questions check up:

 1. What did you do last weekend?

2. Where did you go on Saturday?

3. What time you went back home?

4. What did you do in the park?

5. Why couldn’t you visit your friend the next morning?

6. Was it important to help your father?

Match the verbs with their Past Tense.

Play                               watched

Do                                  played

Watch                            did

Dance                             ate

Drink                             danced

Drank                              eat

Listened                         work

Worked                          listen

Showed                          swam

Show                             swim


D.Analysis and discussion

Regular Verbs

Discuss the rules in changing the verb from present form to its past form using the table shown below.

Verb + ed
For example:
want + ed → wanted
work + ed → worked
Verb, ending in – e + d
For example: 
dance + d → danced
live + d→ lived
Verbs, ending in –y: y → i + ed
(* There are exceptions (for example played) )
For example: 
cry→ cried
try→ tried
One vowel verb: double the consonant
For example: 
stop → stopped
blog → blogged

Irregular Verbs:
There is no rule for the formation of irregular verbs. You have to memorize them! Look at some of the most common irregular verbs.

begin – began
find – found
drive – drove
forget – forgot
break – broke
go – went
keep – kept
hear – heard
know – knew
make – made
build – built
read – read*
put – put
think – thought
write – wrote
understand – understood
meet – met
fly – flew
become – became
come – came


More Example Past Simple Tense and Action Verbs

 Rewrite the sentences in past tense.

  1. My father works as a policeman.
  2. Three kids play outside.
  3. I listen to music and play cards.
  4. I walk in the park with my best friends.
  5. We write a story about our families.
  6. I go to school and then I come back home.
  7. They run around the house.
  8. Your mother goes to the mall.


2. _______________________________________________________


4. _______________________________________________________

5. _______________________________________________________

6. _______________________________________________________

7. _______________________________________________________

8. _______________________________________________________


How do you change regular verb to its past form? Irregular verb?

-We change regular verb to its past form by adding –d or –ed to the verb and if it is an irregular verb we change the spelling to form its simple past.


 Underline the correct answer.

  1. I (say, think, told) Martin to give me the book.
  2. She (answered, brings, run) the phone.
  3. The family (swim, bought, jump) the house last April.
  4. My brother and I (fed, dress, come) our two cats.
  5. Our friend Sonya (drive, ate, saw) a very famous actor last week.
  6. I (cleaned, wash, think) my room yesterday, so I can play today.


1. What did you do last summer holiday? Write 6-8 sentences.
2. Ask your partner 10 Yes/ No questions about their last weekend.

Practice exercise 1

 Put the story in order & Rewrite in past tense.

  1. Monika works late last Friday.
  2. Then she miss the bus and take a taxi back home.
  3. She has a lot of work to do, and has to stay in the office until 7:30 pm.
  4. After dinner, they watch a movie together and go to bed at 11:30pm.
  5. When she comes home she starts cooking.
  6. He wants pizza, so his dad orders some pizza on the phone.
  7. Monika’s son Daniel does not like his dinner at all, and does not want to eat it.

8.At about 9pm dinner is finally ready and everybody sits at the table.

Practice exercise 2

Change the verbs in brackets to the simple past. Be careful with spellings.

1. They all (go) _____________ shopping.

2. I never (imagine) _____________ I would see you again.

3. We (book) ____________ two tickets for the show.

4. He (collect) ____________ his children from school.

5. Were you (frighten) ____________ of the dark when you were young?

6. Who (eat) _____________ my chocolate?

7. I (feel) _____________ so tired that I went straight to bed.

8. We (grow) _____________ this tree from a seed.

9. She (lose) _____________ her way home. 10. He thought I (steal) _____________ his umbrella.

Practice exercise 3

 Complete the exercise with the verbs inside the box. (simple past tense)


1.Mozart _______________ more than 600 pieces of music. 

2. ‘How did you learn to drive?’ ‘My father _______________ me.’ 

3. We couldn’t afford to keep our car, so we _______________ it. 

4. I was very thirsty. I _______________ the water very quickly.

5. Paul and I played tennis yesterday. He’s much better than me, so

he_______________ easily. 

6-7. Don _______________ down the stairs this morning

and _______________ his leg.

8-9. Jim _______________ the ball to Sue, who _______________ it.

10-12.  Ann _______________ a lot of money yesterday.

She _______________ a dress. It _______________ 100.

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