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Past Tense - Gave or Given
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Past Tense - Gave or Given

This KS1 English and Literacy quiz takes a look at the words gave and given. This quiz helps children know how to use both terms and teaches them the helping words when using ‘given’. The National Curriculum states that Key Stage 1 children should be able to use past tense words correctly and this quiz will aid that learning, along with an all-round improvement in their literacy and English language.

If I give you something, I give it to you now. However, if I gave you something, it happened in the past. We could also say it was given to you. Test your knowledge on the words ‘given’ and ‘gave’.

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1.
Which of these is not a correct helping word for given?
is given
were given
had given
chicken given
We could say he is given something, they were given something and he had given her something. They are all helping words.
2.
If I say, 'She was given a computer.' The word 'was' helps the word 'given', 'was' becomes a helping word. Which of these is not a helping word?
has given
was given
have given
duck given
The words has, was and have can all go in front of the word 'given' to help it make sense.
3.
Which sentence is perfect?
The girl gave her friend a new pencil.
The girl give her friend a new pencil.
The girl gaved her friend a new pencil.
The girl given her friend a new pencil.
We can use gave or if you use 'given' then you have to add a helping word.
4.
Which of these answers would you not put the word 'given' in the missing word space?
The banker ____ great advice.
The banker has ____ them advice.
The banker had ____ them advice.
The mother was ____ great advice.
Many people go to a bank to get advice on how to invest their money.
5.
Which of these answers would you not put the word 'given' in the missing word space?
She ____ the dog some of her ice-cream.
She was ____ an ice-cream.
She had ____ the dog some of her ice-cream.
She has ____ the dog some ice-cream.
The missing word for the top answer is 'gave'.
6.
Which of these answers would you not put the word 'given' in the missing word space?
She has ____ blood to the hospital.
The doctor has ____ her a certificate to say thanks.
She ____ blood to the hospital.
She was ____ an award for giving blood.
Many adults give blood to hospitals; this blood is then used in emergencies and helps save lives.
7.
Finish this sentence: Every child at the party will be...
gave a piece of cake.
given a piece of cake.
has given a piece of cake.
had given a piece of cake.
The word 'be' in the sentence above is the helping word.
8.
Which sentence is correct?
She'd given all the plates to her neighbour.
She had gave all the plates to her neighbour.
She given all the plates to her neighbour.
She was given all the plates to her neighbour.
The word 'she'd' is actually two words pushed together; she and had. The first sentence, therefore, says 'She had given all the plates to her neighbour,' making it the correct answer.
9.
Which of these answers would you not put the word 'gave' in the missing word space?
She ____ the bird a new nest.
She had ____ the bird a better home.
The bird ____ her baby a worm.
The bird ____ her baby a peck on the cheek.
This is a picture of seagulls. Seagulls are the only birds that can drink fresh and salt water.
10.
Which of these answers would you not put the word 'gave' in the missing word space?
He ____ all his money away.
He ____ every penny to charity.
He ____ one pound to his best friend.
He has ____ all his money away.
Some people give money away to charity. There are many types of charities available. You could give money to help animals or people.
Author:  Finola Waller

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