Tense - Adding 'ing' and 'ed'
He is playing on the slide. To make this sentence past tense we would say, 'He played on the slide'.

Tense - Adding 'ing' and 'ed'

Sometimes a word needs to change tense by adding ‘ing and ‘ed’. This quiz enhances the lessons on tense and informs KS1 children of some of the spelling rules when adding these suffixes. This quiz will improve their knowledge of the English language, how it works, and literacy in general.

If you are doing something now (present tense) then we add ‘ing’ but if you have done it in the past, we add ‘ed’ to the verb (doing word). Test your knowledge on when to add ‘ing’ and ‘ed’ to verbs.

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  1. Which word is the odd one out?
    Not only is 'caught' the only word that doesn't end in 'ing'; it is also what we call an irregular past tense.
  2. They ____ their hands.' Which word fits in the gap?
    Because they did it in the past, we add 'ed'. However, the word 'raise' ends with an 'e', this means we only need to add 'd'.
  3. Which word can we not add 'ing' to?
    We could say she is teaching, they are learning and listening.
  4. Which word is not a verb?
    A verb is a doing word. A verb is a word that if I say it to you, you would need to do something. We can add 'ing' and 'ed' onto the ends of verbs.
  5. Which word can we not add 'ed' to?
    The word run is an irregular past tense, so here we would say ran. The others, we would say they raced, jogged and she chased him.
  6. They are ____ a milkshake.' What is the missing word?
    The most popular milkshake flavours are chocolate, vanilla and strawberry.
  7. When do we add 'ing' onto a verb?
    If we add 'ing' onto the end of a word, this means the action or verb is happening now.
  8. 'They ____ the ice-cream.' What's the missing word?
    This is in the past and we must remember to only add 'd'. In Italy they call ice-cream gelato.
  9. When do we add 'ed' onto the end of a verb?
    When you add 'ed' onto the end of a word, it automatically moves that word and action into the past.
  10. He is...
    He is doing it now, so we add 'ing'. However, because the word 'snore' ends with an 'e' we get rid of the 'e' and replace it with 'ing'.

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