Tense The tense of the verb tells the time of action. –Past –Present –Future
Past Tense A past-tense verb tells about an action that has happened in the past. Add –ed to regular verbs to form the past tense. Example: –search - searched
Past Tense Chart RuleExample Add –ed to most regular verbs reach reached If a verb ends in e, drop the e before adding –ed. arrive arrived If a verb ends with a consonant an a y, change y to i before adding –ed. deny denied If a verb ends with a vowel and a consonant, double the final consonant before adding –ed. stun stunned
Find the past-tense verb in each sentence. Brandon searched for the missing cat. Jackie hurried to the neighbor’s house. Ashley dashed to the telephone. They identified their lost cat. Joshua turned the radio down.
Complete the sentence using the past-tense of the verb. Everyone loves the little, black cat. We worry about the cat all the time. The cat naps in the garage. Molly, the cat, only listens to me. The cat eats in the morning and in the evening.
Irregular Past-Tense Verbs An irregular verb does not end in –ed in the past tense. Some irregular verbs show past tense by using a helping verb with the main verb. –Many explorers have written about their journeys. Many common verbs have irregular past-tense forms. –She wears it today. She wore it yesterday. She has worn it often.
Find the past-tense verb in each sentence. Lewis wrote observations in his journal. The weary travelers sang songs at night. They had seen amazing sights along the trail. All of them slept soundly. He heard something strange in the distance.
Complete the sentence using the past-tense of the verb. We have (know) for days. He (break) his arm yesterday at the park. The team (begin) to argue when they started losing. For the winter chorus concert, we (sing) lots of songs.
Future Tense A future-tense verb tells about an action that will happen in the future. Use will with the main verb to form the future tense. Example: –eat = will eat
Find the future-tense verb in each sentence. Brandon will search for the missing cat. Jackie will hurry to the neighbor’s house. Ashley will dash to the telephone. They will identify their lost cat. Joshua will turn the radio down.
Complete the sentence using the future-tense of the verb. Logan and his friends (play) loud music. The cat (escape) through the open door. The family (post) signs all over the neighborhood. The firefighter (climb) the tree to help the cat. The hero (rescue) the cat.