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Friday Message
10/7/2020

Regular Verbs in the Past Simple
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Today we are going to look at how to form the past simple of regular verbs in the affirmative in English. There are a few things to bear in mind so let’s get started.

The past simple of regular verbs is formed by adding -ed to the base form of the verb (the infinitive without “to”). For example:

work - worked

wash- washed

watch - watched

jump - jumped

Take a look at some example sentences with the above regular past simple verbs:

John worked all day yesterday.

I washed my hair last night.

Susan watched the football match on TV last night.

They jumped for joy when we told them our great news.

* Remember that the past simple form of regular verbs is the same for all persons (I, you, he, etc).

It’s also important to remember that there are a few rules to bear in mind when changing verbs into the regular past form:

• For regular verbs ending in the vowel –e, just add –d, for example,

hate - hated

hope - hoped

free - freed

• For some verbs that end in a vowel other than –e, add –ed, for example,

ski - skied

echo - echoed

• For regular verbs that end in a consonant +y, change the-y to -i and add-ed, for example,

cry - cried

try - tried

dirty - dirtied

I hope this has been informative for you. To learn more, check out unit 66 of the online ABA course.

Have a great weekend!

All the best,

Graham Weeks

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