Improve your English! Learn past simple and past continuous

Mar 01, 2012

Hi guys.

We're going to continue the theme of verb forms. Remember, you can't use use verb tenses until you know what they are, so we're going through each of the 11 basic verb tenses. Today, we're going to do the past simple and past continous.

5. Past simple

The form of the past simple is easy for regular verbs. Just take the infinitive without to and add -ed for most verbs.


  1. For verbs that end in -y change the y to an i: hurry→hurried.

  2. For verbs that end in consonant vowel consonant, double the final consonant: fit→fitted.

For English irregular verbs, make sure you learn the list- there is no other way.

Also remember that pronunciation is very important with -ed. See my first post.

6. Past continuous

Remember, all continuous English tenses use be + present participle.  In the past continous, that becomes was/were + present participle.

The present participles are the the same as for the present continuous.

(i) for verbs which end in a single e, take off the e.
I was arriving  but   The boy was being
You were making  
but  They were seeing

T(ii) for verbs which end in –ie, change that to –y:
The boy was lying
She was dying

(iii) for verbs which end in consonant,vowel, consonant, double the last consonant.

The mother was hitting
I was swimming

It's surprising that even advanced English students and exam students taking Ielts for example don't always know these forms but they are vital.

Good luck with your studies. See you Monday.

Click here to enrol for English courses in London.


Category: Study tips

Add Pingback

Please add a comment

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

Category List

Tag List

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

Tag Cloud

Free english lessonsHalloweenenglish courses londonJournalist Course LondonRecording vocabularyJournalism evening course LondonLondon marketsenglish reviewThings to do in LondonEnglish foodlondon eventsVocabulary notebooksilent discomini-sagaPlaces to see in LondonIELTSIdiommusic festivals uknarrative voicefuture tenses eflJournalism MasterclassSocial programmeBarney RonayReading in EnglishNew languageexamsWorld Naked Bike Ridethings to do londonreading tipswriting a mini sagaInsider info LondonTweedRelaxing Londonenglish school londonAdjectiveLearning tipsLondon Summergrammarstudy tipsBasic English mistakesenglish schoolCool as a cucumberEnglish vocabularyeflNew blogFCEpast modalsILECmusic festival Londonpast modal verbsEnglishfuture tenses englishEvents in LondonThings to see in Londonthe shardsagaenglish school onlinefree english grammarICEEnglish grammarenglish grammar tipsJournalism Course LondonEnglish tipsenglish study tipsPolite questionsLondondefining relative clausesmaking predictionsstudy englishHistoric momentSomewhere to visitLearn english onlineVictoria parkWinter in LondonChristmas in LondonNew vocabularyFunCovent Gardenenglish as a foreign languageLearn EnglishVocabularyStudentsWhere to visit LondonTourist tipsSomewhere to visit Londonstudent study tipsCyclingListening in EnglishJournalism classes LondonpronuciationCambridge Exam PreparationPeaceful LondonIslington Centre for EnglishBeautiful Londonenglish grammar helpFrancaisCAEShopping in LondonImprove your vocabularyField daySomewhere to go LondonLondon MarathonSport Journalism Courseenglish course londonBusiness Englishthe people's towerwriting a mini-sagaenglish grammar onlinegrammar tipsspellingAttractions in LondonHello from Allystudy english onlline