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The past

The past tense 过去式   

The past tense indicates a situation or action that started and ended before now.   

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How to form the Past Tense in English   

The main rule is that for every verb in English, there is only one form of it in the past tense.    The exception is the Past tense of the verb To Be, which has two forms: was and were

I was

You were

He was

She was

It was

We were

You were

They were

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As stated above the main rule is that for every verb in English, there is only one form of it in the past tense. The only exception is the verb "to be."  

For example: The past tense of the verb want is wanted.   

Wanted is used as the past tense for all subjects/pronouns.   

I wanted

You wanted

He wanted

She wanted

It wanted

We wanted

They wanted

 

So you just have to learn one word to be able to use it in the past tense. In this case we just needed to learn the one word "wanted," which can be used for all subjects or people.

 

To change a regular verb into its past tense form, we usually add ed to the end of the verb.  

play – played   

cook – cooked   

rain – rained   

wait – waited  

 

 

Irregular verbs

For some verbs, we don't just add ed. These are irregular verbs. There is still only one form of these in the past tense.

"Went" (the past tense of "go") and "did" (the past tense of "do") are two of the most common irregular verbs.

I did

I went

He did

We went

etc.