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The Simple Past Tense for class 4 English

In this chapter, students will be introduced to the simple past tense definition, examples and types. Additonally, students will learn to form a sentence using past tense and the common mistakes that could occur while writing past tense sentences.

In this learning concept, the students will learn to:

  • Use past tense in sentences.
  • Types of past tense with examples and usage.
  • Formation of simple past tense sentences.
  • Simple past tense examples sentences.

All the concepts covered in English Grammar have illustrations, concept maps and examples. Students can check their topic-related skills by solving the past tense worksheet for class 4. Download the worksheets and find the solutions provided in PDF format.

What is the Simple Past Tense?

  • The past tense describes an activity that has taken place in the past.
  • The past tense is divided into four subparts: Simple past tense, past continuous tense, the past perfect tense, and the past perfect continuous tense. Today, we will learn about the simple past tense.
  • The simple past tense talks about an action or activity which happened in the past.


Simple past tense examples sentences

How to Form a Sentence in the Past Tense?

To make a sentence into the simple past tense, add a suffix to the existing verb. You have to add the ‘ed’ to the base form of the verb.

Structure of simple past sentence


The base form of the verb Adding ‘ed’
Jump Jumped
Love Loved

If the verb ends in ‘e’, then add a ‘d’ to the verb at the end.

Structure of simple past sentence example


The base form of the verb Adding ‘d’
a) Bake Baked
b) Like Liked

For verbs that end in ‘y’, the ‘y’ usually changes to an ‘I’ if it follows a consonant, and ‘ed’ is added after the ‘I’.

Structure of simple past sentence with verb
The base form of the verb ending with ‘y’ followed by a consonant Adding ‘ed
a) Study Studied
b) Hurry Hurried

Rules to make the Simple Past Tense

  1. If a verb ends with one syllable, the final consonant is doubled up before ‘ed’ is added to it.
  2. Examples:

    1. Stop – stopped
    2. Chat – chatted
  3. If the final consonant is w, x, or y, then do not double it.
  4. Examples:

    1. Mix – mixed
    2. Brew – brewed


  1. In simple past tense, the verb remains the same regardless whether the subject is in the singular or plural form (first person, second or third).
  2. Examples:

    1. I jumped.
    2. We jumped.
    Exception for simple past sentence
  3. In the case of some words, the verb changes completely while making it into simple past tense.
  4. Examples:

    1. Fly – Flew
    2. Think – thought
    3. Eat – ate
    4. Drive – drove
    5. Swim – swam
    6. Go – went
    7. Know – knew
    8. Get – got
Mindmap for Simple past Tense
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