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Past Tense - Ate or Eaten
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Past Tense - Ate or Eaten

Practise learning about past tense, specifically for the words ate or eaten. This quiz helps KS1 children know how to use both terms and teaches them the helping words when using ‘eaten’. This quiz will aid children’s understanding of past tense, as suggested in the National Curriculum. In addition, it will boost their knowledge of literacy and English.

If you eat something now, you eat it. However, if you ate it yesterday, then you had eaten it in the past. Test your knowledge on the words ‘ate’ and ‘eaten’.

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1.
Which sentence is perfect?
The bone eat by the dog.
The bone ate by the dog.
The bone eaten by the dog.
The bone was eaten by the dog.
Dogs like to chew things like dog bones or pigs' ears!
2.
What is the past tense for the word 'eat'?
eated
eats
ate
ated
You can use the word 'ate' to move it to past tense or 'have eaten'. If you use the word 'eaten' then you need a helping word before it.
3.
'He eats his dinner.' Change this to past tense.
He ates his dinner.
He ate his dinner.
He eaten his dinner.
He eated his dinner.
We could say either he ate his dinner or he has eaten his dinner. If we use the word 'eaten', we must make sure there is a helping word before it.
4.
'Baby Bear's porridge had ____ eaten by Goldilocks.' Which helping word would we use?
been
was
is
are
Goldilocks also tried Mummy and Daddy Bears' porridge but gobbled up all of Baby Bear's breakfast!
5.
'The jumper ____ eaten by moths.' Which helping word would we use?
are
had
was
have
If you see a moth in your bedroom make sure you get it out and away from your cupboards as they like to eat jumpers. Although, it isn't the moth that eats them but the larvae.
6.
Which of these is not a helping word for 'eaten'?
dog eaten
has eaten
have eaten
is eaten
We could say she has eaten, we have eaten or bread is eaten all over the world.
7.
Which sentence is perfect?
He had ate the pencil and left marks on it.
He was eaten the pencil and left marks on it.
He had eaten the pencil and left marks on it.
He were eaten the pencil and left marks on it.
You can buy pencil toppers to stop from chewing your pencil. There are lots of germs on your hands, your hands touch the pencil and so, there are lots of germs on the pencil! Yucky!
8.
Which of these is not a helping word for 'eaten'?
are eaten
was eaten
were eaten
horse eaten
We could say they are eaten at Christmas time, it was eaten at Christmas time and they were eaten at Christmas time.
9.
Which sentence is perfect?
He is eaten the burger in two minutes.
He ates the burger in two minutes.
He ate the burger in two minutes.
He eaten the burger in two minutes.
Although the first answer does show the helping word 'is', it doesn't make sense. If the sentence said 'He had eaten the burger in two minutes,' then it would have been correct.
10.
Which sentence is perfect?
Meals has eaten on the beach.
Meals ate on the beach.
Meals eaten on the beach.
Meals are eaten on the beach.
When using the word 'eaten', make sure you use the correct helping word.
Author:  Finola Waller

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