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    Past simple

    How will you say if something happened in the past?

    The first thing you should know is about the rules of how a verb is used in preterite tense.


    Preterite form of the verb

    1. generally, add '-ed' to the end of a verb

    play---->played,   work---->worked


    2. if the verb ends with an 'e'  that does not sound , add '-d' to the end of it.

     live---->lived,    hope---->hoped


    3.if the verb ends with a consonant  and '-y' , change '-y' into '-ied'

    try---->tried,    study---->studied


    4.if the verb ends with a consonant and a stressed  closed syllable, duplicate the last consonant and add '-ed'  to the end.

    stop---->stopped,  drag---->dragged 


    5.irregular verbs, no good rules , but try to remember them.

    go---->went,   get---->got, for example.


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    1. I (watch) a basketball game on TV last night.

    2. Tom (want) to walk out last night, but I insisted on watching TV at home.

    3. Lily (love) tennis very much , but now she prefers swimming.

    4. The Johnsons (move) to London last year.

    5. Losing the competition , little Fred (cry) just now.

    6. It is said that John (copy) Michael's homework yesterday.

    7. I (drop) my key, so I couldn't get into the room.

    8. Kobe and his teammates (plan) to win the champion, and they finally succeeded.

    9. Wade wanted to buy the book,but he (have) only 5 cents in his pocket.

    10. I (think) you were right, but now it seems I was wrong.

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