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Past Tense – Elementary

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The past tense is a verb tense expressing activity, action state or being in the past. In English, there are two types of past tense:

The Past Simple, Past Progressive, Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous are all past tenses.

The Present Perfect Continuous and Present Perfect are used to link events that started in the past to the present.

Use the correct past tense verb:

  • 1. He ___ (not/ see) it yet.

  • 2. I ___ (go) to Japan last year.

  • 3. She ___ (read) a book when you called.

  • 4. She ___ (get) a divorce before she got married again.

  • 5. Once upon a time, there ___ (be) a hare and a tortoise.

  • 6. He went home after his boss ___ (leave) the office.

  • 7. I ___ (work) really hard today.

  • 8. I ___ (meet) him an hour ago.

  • 9a. The hare ___ (shoot) ahead...

  • 9b. ....and ___ (run) for some time.

  • 10. They ___ (decide) to settle the argument with a race.