ICE: your on-line English school. Lesson 1

Feb 13, 2012


It's not called past difficult!!! It's easy!!

Many English students, even advanced ones, make mistakes with the past simple, but it really isn't that hard!!

The first thing to say about the past simple is that most verbs are regular.
When a verb is regular, you take verb and add -(e)d. For example, arrive-arrived attack-attacked.
A lot of students find it difficult to pronounce -ed. Here are the basic rules:
If the word ends in -ed, look at the stem. Does it end in -t or -d? If it does, you need to say "id". There is an extra syllable. For example, hate-hated decide-decided paint-painted taint-tainted fit-fitted add-added. You need to add an "id" sound to the rest of the verb.
On the other hand, if the stem ends in any other letter (not -t or -d), don't say "id", say "t" or "d". Don't add a syllable. For example, wash-washed sunbathe- sunbathed play-played.

However, there are many verbs which are irregular. You have to LEARN them. The teacher can't do it for you.
Use a good English text book, or look on the internet, and learn both the past simple and the past participles at the same time.
Some are very common verbs. E.g. eat ate eaten. Others are not so common. E.g. dig dug dug.
It's very important to learn both the spelling and the pronunciation(use a dictionary or ask your teacher).

Click here to enrol for English courses in London.

Category: news

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

You must be logged in to leave a reply. Login »

Category List

Tag List

english grammar online (1)
writing a mini saga (1)
Listening in English (2)
Cycling (1)
things to do london (1)
free english grammar (2)
Hello from Ally (1)
ILEC (1)
Shopping in London (4)
Vocabulary notebook (8)
Francais (2)
English tips (4)
reading tips (1)
Reading in English (1)
Cambridge Exam Preparation (1)
english courses london (1)
CAE (3)
past modals (1)
making predictions (1)
Basic English mistakes (1)
Relaxing London (4)
Somewhere to go London (3)
english grammar tips (1)
saga (1)
study english (1)
Adjective (2)
English food (3)
Events in London (1)
London Summer (7)
Barney Ronay (1)
World Naked Bike Ride (1)
ICE (5)
Polite questions (1)
study tips (9)
writing a mini-saga (1)
grammar (1)
Free english lessons (10)
Journalism Course London (1)
English (1)
the shard (1)
Fun (1)
grammar tips (1)
New language (7)
Insider info London (14)
Sport Journalism Course (1)
the people's tower (1)
Learn english online (12)
Journalism Masterclass (1)
English grammar (4)
Winter in London (6)
Learn English (15)
english grammar help (1)
future tenses english (1)
Things to see in London (4)
silent disco (1)
London Marathon (1)
Christmas in London (3)
english school london (12)
narrative voice (2)
Where to visit London (3)
Attractions in London (1)
New vocabulary (4)
past modal verbs (1)
Tourist tips (5)
Vocabulary (11)
english school (2)
mini-saga (1)
Historic moment (1)
Covent Garden (1)
FCE (4)
spelling (1)
Journalism classes London (1)
music festivals uk (1)
exams (1)
english study tips (1)
Recording vocabulary (3)
Tweed (1)
Cool as a cucumber (1)
efl (4)
London markets (4)
Field day (1)
Peaceful London (2)
pronuciation (3)
New blog (1)
Somewhere to visit London (1)
Journalism evening course London (1)
London (5)
Learning tips (10)
music festival London (1)
Places to see in London (4)
Journalist Course London (1)
Victoria park (1)
English vocabulary (3)
future tenses efl (1)
Students (2)
Islington Centre for English (6)
Idiom (3)
english as a foreign language (3)
english review (1)
Halloween (2)
defining relative clauses (1)
Beautiful London (8)
english course london (12)
london events (1)
Social programme (1)
Things to do in London (6)
Improve your vocabulary (5)
study english onlline (1)
english school online (1)
student study tips (1)
Business English (1)
Somewhere to visit (9)

Tag Cloud

pronuciationthe people's towerWinter in LondonEnglishstudy tipsenglish grammar onlineJournalism MasterclassChristmas in Londoneflfuture tenses englishVocabularySport Journalism CourseSomewhere to visitJournalism evening course LondonWhere to visit LondonRecording vocabularySomewhere to visit LondonBusiness Englishmusic festivals ukEnglish foodHalloweenCAETourist tipsJournalism classes LondonLearning tipsLearn Englishreading tipsVictoria parkwriting a mini sagaWorld Naked Bike RideIELTSnarrative voiceLondon Marathonmini-sagagrammar tipsCool as a cucumberfree english grammarfuture tenses eflRelaxing LondonCambridge Exam Preparationstudy englishenglish reviewHistoric momentenglish grammar tipsmusic festival LondonBeautiful LondonIdiomEvents in LondonListening in Englishenglish courses londonFree english lessonsFCEVocabulary notebookexamsEnglish grammarenglish school onlinethings to do londonICELondon marketsenglish study tipsenglish grammar helpenglish school londonInsider info LondonSomewhere to go Londonenglish course londonPeaceful LondonPolite questionsFunCovent GardenTweedwriting a mini-sagaJournalism Course Londonspellingpast modalsILECNew blogBasic English mistakesStudentsHello from AllyShopping in LondonReading in Englishlondon eventsAttractions in Londonsagadefining relative clausesLearn english onlineNew languageIslington Centre for Englishenglish schoolPlaces to see in LondonSocial programmeCyclingsilent discoEnglish vocabularyField dayNew vocabularystudy english onllineImprove your vocabularyBarney RonayFrancaisThings to see in Londonenglish as a foreign languagemaking predictionsgrammarThings to do in LondonLondon Summerpast modal verbsthe shardstudent study tipsAdjectiveEnglish tipsLondonJournalist Course London