English Exercises > past simple exercises

Simple Past Tense 1/1 - exercises for beginners WAS/WERE




Downloadable worksheets:
PAST SIMPLE TENSE
Level: elementary
Age: 10-17
Downloads: 13374

 
PAST SIMPLE TENSE
Level: elementary
Age: 8-12
Downloads: 8720

 
Past simple wordsearch
Level: elementary
Age: 11-17
Downloads: 5966

 
Simple Past Tense test
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-14
Downloads: 5830

 
Past simple
Level: intermediate
Age: 12-17
Downloads: 5098

 
Simple Past - gap filling
Level: intermediate
Age: 14-17
Downloads: 4063

 

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.

1)

2)

3)

4)

5)

6)

7)