Past Tense Summary



Past Diagnostic: identify specific points that need review

Past Tense - Action Completed

Past Complete: report events that occurred in the past

Young man remember speeding ticket he got

I got a speeding ticket on June 16, 2008.

I have gotten several tickets in the past.

Past Progressive: report past temporary, repeated, or background activity

Union Square

Alison lived in San Francisco after she finished school.
Alison took the train while she was living in San Francisco.

We saw two cars crash.
As we were walking along the sidewalk, we saw two cars crash.

Would / Used to: report past behavior vs. past habits

Dish washing in the 1950s

We would go to the beach after school.
We used to go to the beach after school. (earlier stage of life)

She used to have a surf board.  (state of possession)
She would have an amazing tan by the time summer ended.   (conditioned outcome)

Reporting Source or Emotional Response

Reporting Source: report a past activity (not its timing)


Where did you get those jeans?
Where have you been? (for the past few hours)


Wow! He did a back flip! (emotional response)
He has done lots of back-flips in his career.

Past & Past Perfect

Past Series: report a past series of events

Policecar with siren chasing porcshe

I got in my car, headed for the highway, drove several miles.

I looked behind me a saw a police car. He had been following me for a mile.

Past Perfect: contrast earlier from later events

lunch with friends

After we had ordered from the menu, we began to talk.

First, we ordered from the menu. Then, we began to talk.

We had just ordered from the menu when the electricity went off.

Past & Past Participles Verb Forms

Participles 1: practice using irregular present, past and participle verb forms


Jaycee (spinned, span, spun?) _____the ball on his toe last night.

Participles 2: practice using irregular present, past and participle verb forms


Jamie (let) _____the ball drop in yesterday's final play.