Talking about the Past

The past tense is used to describes an action or event that happened in the past. The most common way to form the past tense is to add ed to the end of a verb, or d if the verb ends in e. For example the past tense of walk is walked. There are many irregular verbs in English and they are covered in later lessons.

Verb Past Tense
ask asked
decide decided
help helped
like liked
live lived
move moved
open opened
show showed
talk talked
want wanted


Listen She talked about her vacation.
Listen He closed the door.
Listen We hoped for the best.
Listen The clouds drifted away.