This is an English language lesson aimed at all general levels of students who are learning English as a second language.
The lesson topic today is the Present and Past Tense of common verbs
Learning verbs in the present and past tense is a little like learning the multiplication tables in arithmatic.
Once you have learnt them, you never forget. Or it should be like that.
My aim in this lesson is to list the words side by side and with the continuous to encourage the memorisation of the words.
Think like William Shakespeare and have a brain like a sponge!
Rather than just listing them, you see that I have written sentence examples in present and past tense as well as the continous (or gerund if you prefer that term).
Here is the initial list of the keyword verbs you absolutely must learn.
PRESENT PAST CONTINUOUS
Be (Is/Are) Was/Were Being
Do Did Doing
Have Had Having
Get Got Getting
Go Went Going
Study Studied Studying
Learn Learnt Learning
Live Lived Living
Give Gave Giving
Watch Watched Watching
Wash Washed Washing
Wait Waited Waiting
Sleep Slept Slept
Keep Kept Keeping
Eat Ate/Eaten Eating
Drink Drank Drinking
Think Thought Thinking
Buy Bought Buying
See Saw Seeing
Read Read Reading
Write Wrote Writing
Cut Cut Cutting
Catch Caught Catching
Sit Sat Sitting
Swim Swam Swimming
Speak Spoken Speaking
Lose Lost Losing
Find Found Finding
Fine Fined Fining
Fly Flew Flying
SENTENCE PRACTICE IN PRESENT AND PAST TENSE
- I am young. I was young.
- He is here. He was here.
- We are hungry. We were hungry.
- I have a pet. I had a pet.
- I get angry sometimes. I got angry last week.
- I go to school. I went to school
- I study at school. I studied at school.
- I learn English. I learnt English
- I read a book. I read a book.
- I write a letter. I wrote a letter.
- My uncle lives in Australia. My uncle lived in Australia.
- I give my old clothes to the charity. I gave my old clothes to charity.
- I watch television. I watched television.
- I wash my hands. I washed my hands.
- I wait for the bus. I waited for the bus.
- I sleep in my bed. I slept in my bed.
- I keep a pet. I kept a pet.
- I eat chocolate. I ate chocolate.
- I drink tea. I drank a cup of tea.
- I think about you everyday. I thought about you a lot.
- I buy many things. I bought many things at the store.
- I see a picture on the wall. I saw the picture on the wall.
- I cut my finger. I cut the cake. (it does not change in either tense)
- I sit on the chair. I sat on the chair.
- I catch the ball. I caught the ball.
- I swim in the pool. I swam in the pool.
- I speak English everyday. I spoke English today.
- I lose the game. I lost the game.
- I find the way to go home. I found the way to go home.
- I fine you twenty american dollars. I fined you twenty american dollars.
- I fly the kite. I flew the kite.