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Simple Past Tense 1/1

Exercises for beginners

 

Forming the past tense of to be.

                       Affirmative and negative sentence            Interrogative sentence

I

was

 

 

 

 

I

 

 

He

was not

 

 

 

Was

he

 

 

She

wasn’t

at home

 

 

 

she

at home

 

It

 

in hospital

yesterday.

 

 

it

in hospital

yesterday.

You

were

on holiday

last week.

 

 

you

on holiday

last week.

We

were not

in London

 

 

Were

we

in London

 

They

weren’t

 

 

 

 

they

 

 

 

 

Task 1 - Complete the sentences with the Past Tense of to be.

1)   We in Australia.

2)  She in the classroom.

3)  It my birthday last week.

4)  The man in the train.

5)  It an apple.

6)  You in a bookshop.

7)  It  a doll.

8)  I a good pupil.

9)  What this?

10)  It a French lesson.

11)  London a beautiful city.

12)  He my brother.

13)  I in London today.

14)  We on holiday.

15)  The doctors here.

 

Task 2 - Rewrite the sentences into the Simple Past Tense. Then write a negative sentence. Use the short forms. Look at the example below.

e.g. I am at home. I was at home. I wasn’t at home.

1)      He is my friend.  . .

2)    I am a man. . .

3)    It is an umbrella. . .

4)    That is a bird. . .

5)    These are your pens and pencils. . .

6)    They are happy people. .

7)    This is a kitchen. . .

8)    Those are two bags, a ruler and a rubber. .

                                                                           .

9)    We are in. . .

10) You are my brother. . .

 

Task 3 - Rewrite the sentences into the Simple Past. Then write an interrogative sentence. Look at the example below.

e.g. Mr Smith is at home. Mr Smith was at home. Was Mr Smith at home?

1)      I am a good teacher.  . ?

2)    Mickey is strong and brave.  . ?

3)    My name is Susan.  . ?

4)    Peter is a boy.  . ?

5)    She is a young woman.  . ?

6)    These are my comics.  . ?

7)    This is a family.  . ?

8)    This pen is blue.  . ?

9)    We are from Australia.  . ?

10) You are a stupid girl.  . ?

 

Task 4 - Change the following sentences into interrogative then give short answers according to the sign. Look at the examples.

e.g. Mr Smith was at home. Thumbs Up Was Mr Smith at home? Yes, he was.

     Tim and Peter were in the library. Thumbs Down Were Tim and Peter in the library? No, they weren’t.

 

1)      I was in the garden. Thumbs Down  ? .

2)    Mum was ill last week. Thumbs Up  ? .

3)    They were on holiday in May. Thumbs Down  ? .

4)    You were tired yesterday. Thumbs Down  ? .

5)    We were in the park at 5 o’clock yesterday. Thumbs Up  ? .

6)    Jack was too fat two years ago. Thumbs Up  ? .

7)    The Lees were in the zoo the day before yesterday. Thumbs Down  ?

                                                                                                   .

8)    I was always hungry. Thumbs Up  ? .

9)   Kim and Greg were married . Thumbs Down  ? .

10) Frank Sinatra was a famous actor. Thumbs Up  ? .

 

Task 5 – Collect and write down the adverbs of time one after the other in Task 5.

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7)

 

 

       

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