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Verbs - Past Tense (Irregular) 1
He thought carefully about his answer. The word 'thought' is the past tense of 'think'.

Verbs - Past Tense (Irregular) 1

This English and Literacy quiz looks at Irregular Past Tense and helps KS1 children recognise the change in certain verbs when writing them in the past tense. This quiz is designed to help children achieve the National Curriculum's requirements that states Year 2 children should write consistently in a specific tense. It will expand knowledge of literacy and the English language.

When we write in the past tense, we need to make sure the verbs (doing words) are also written in that tense. Sometimes, though, the word completely changes: ‘I drink water’ changes to ‘I drank water.’

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1.
The word 'begin' is present tense; which word is used to show it happened in the past?
began
beginned
begined
beginning
Today I will begin to clean my house but yesterday I began to clean my bedroom.
2.
The word 'say' is present tense; which word is used to show it happened in the past?
say
sayed
said
sed
Many children spell 'said' wrong, unfortunately, it's a word that can't be spelt phonetically.
3.
The word 'buy' is present tense; which word is used to show it happened in the past?
bought
buyed
buy
brought
'Bought' is the word you use if you bought something from the shop yesterday.
4.
What do we mean by 'irregular past tense'?
It is a verb.
It is a verb that changes spelling when it happens in the past.
It's a verb that you need to add 'ed' to the end of the word to show it's in the past.
It's a noun that happened yesterday.
Sometimes, to show a verb happened yesterday, we can add 'ed'. However, for irregular past tense verbs, the word completely changes.
5.
The word 'catch' is present tense; which word is used to show it happened in the past?
catched
catching
caughted
caught
He caught the ball.
6.
Using the verb 'to make', which sentence is written in the past tense?
I make you something.
I maked you something.
I made you something.
I maded you something.
I will make you something similar to what I made yesterday.
7.
Using the verb 'to drink', which sentence is written in the past tense?
They drank their coffee.
They drink their coffee.
They drunked their coffee.
They dranking their coffee.
I will ask you to drink something, if you do, then you drank it.
8.
The word 'blow' is present tense; which word is used to show it happened in the past?
blowed
blowing
blows
blew
The flower the girl is blowing is called a dandelion. She blew off all the petals.
9.
Using the verb 'to draw', which sentence is written in the past tense?
She drawed on the floor.
She drew on the floor.
She draws on the floor.
She drews on the floor.
You may hear your friends saying they 'drawed a picture' but really, they should say they 'drew a picture'.
10.
The word 'bring' is present tense; which word is used to show it happened in the past?
bringed
brought
bought
brunged
The dog brought me a stick. Make sure you don't write 'bought' as that means he went to the shop and bought it for you!
Author:  Finola Waller

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