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Past Tense

Summary of Practices

 

 

Past Diagnostic: identify specific points that need review

Running with the bulls

Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate

Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced

Past vs. Past Progressive: refer to earlier occurrences

Beginning– Intermediate ESL, Native Speakers–spelling

Young man remember speeding ticket he got

Jack received  a speeding ticket on June 16th.

Jack was receiving a speeding ticket when a friend drove by.

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

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

CalTrain

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.

Progressive: express duration or repetition

Intermediate – Advanced ELL

Computer with online news

We have been reading the news online every morning for many years.  (indefinite timing)

Yesterday, the four of us were reading the same story on different websites. (definite timing)

As we were sharing details from our websites, we realized that the details differed(backgrounding)

We fact-checked, discussed and determined how much truth the article presented. (series of events)

"Where did you read that?" he asked.  (source, origin question)

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

Intermediate–Advanced ESL

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: report a past activity (not its timing)

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

jeans

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 Series: report a series of past events

Intermediate– Advanced ESL, Native Speakers

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

Intermediate– Advanced ESL, Native Speakers

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.

Would vs. Used to: narrate past behavior or past habits

Intermediate– Advanced ESL

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)
 

Irreg Verb Forms 1: Review past and participle verb forms (A – L)

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

Jaycee

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

Irreg Verb Forms 2: Review past and participle verb forms (L –W)

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

Jamie

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

Been / Being: contrast the sounds of been and being

Beginning–Intermediate ESL

Doctor spanking baby

We've been quiet. (present perfect - active)

We're being quiet.   (present progressive - active)

We've been seen by Dr. Allen.   (present perfect - passive)

We 're being seen by Dr. Allen (present progressive - passive)