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Past Form

The past form of a verb is the form used to show that the action took place in the past.  For regular verbs, the past form can be created by adding "-ed", "-d" or "-t" to the basic form.  However, irregular verbs form their past forms in a number of different ways.  (These do not normally cause problems for native English speakers.)


play (basic form) > played (past form - regular verb)
lift (basic form) > lifted (past form - regular verb)
grow (basic form) > grew (past form - irregular verb)
run (basic form) > ran (past form - irregular verb)
sing (basic form) > sang (past form - irregular verb)
teach (basic form) > taught (past form - irregular verb)
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Past tense
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Glossary of grammatical terms

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