ELLLO Beginner English Lesson 3-07

Simple Past - Irregular

Watch these videos to learn how to use the irregular past tense.

Past Tense - Irregular

Point 1: Many verbs for the past tense take an irregular form, meaning the word does not use an /-ed/ ending.
  1. I was late to the party. (be)
  2. There were happy to see you. (be)
  3. She made a lot of money on that deal. (make)
  4. We drove to the beach. (drive)
Point 2: The be verb has two past tense forms, was and were. First and third person singular use was. We use the contraction wasn't in stead of was not in spoken English.
  1. I was at home yesterday. I wasn't at work.
  2. It was a fun party. It wasn't boring at all.
  3. He was sad all day. He wasn't happy.
  4. She was a good teacher. She wasn't strict.
Point 3: All plural forms and second person singular use were and were not. We use the contraction weren't in stead of were not in spoken English.
  1. You were right. You weren't wrong.
  2. They were late. There weren't on time.
  3. We were happy with the food. We weren't disappointed.
  4. You all were so noisy. You weren't very quiet!
Point 4: We use irregular verbs for about 100 verbs in English. Use the irregular forms in affirmative statements. In negative statement, we us did not + base verb.
  1. I saw a ghost, but I did not see it for very long!
  2. I ate a light breakfast. I did not eat eggs or toast.
  3. I saw Bill at the party. I did not see Sue.
  4. I bought a new car. I did not buy it for me though.

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