Use of Simple Present and Past Tense of Common Verbs in Sentences

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In today’s class you will be learning about the use of present and past tense verbs in sentences and how to use possessive pronouns as singulars and plurals correctly in a sentence.

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Use of Simple Present and Past Tense of Common Verbs in Sentences

What are verbs?

Verbs are doing words. They are words used to refer to actions which could either be ongoing or in the past.

When it about what someone is doing, it is Present tense.

Let us see some examples.


               He runs


She cooks               


           They write


What is Past Tense?

Past tense tells us what people, animal did. Past tense is used to refer to an action that has been done.


  • My mum cleaned the living room
  • She washed her clothes
  • I brushed last night
  • The dog waited for Ravia
  • He closed the gate
Present tense Sentences
1.    Smile She smiles really well
2.    Cook Tobi can cook
3.    Read Read your book
4.    Chase They chase the rat into the bush


Past tense Sentences
1.    Talked  Obama talked confidently at the event
2.    Baked Steve baked my birthday cake
3.    Watched I watched that movie last night
4.    Pushed We pushed the truck out of the road



Make simple sentences with the following verbs.

  1. Play
  2. Enjoy
  3. Clean
  4. Type
  5. Live

Change the following to past tense verbs.

  1. Walk
  2. Dance
  3. Move
  4. Climb
  5. Brush



The Four Villages.

Tortoise was fat and greedy.

He always liked to eat. He lived near our villages. He liked to eat in each village.

He called his four children. They gave him four ropes around his stomach. He gave one rope to each child. “Go to the villages,” he said. “When the food is ready, pull the ropes.”

Tortoise went to sleep. The food was ready in the first village. The first child pulled the rope and tortoise woke up. He started to walk to the first village. He was hungry. Then food was ready in the other villages. All the children pulled the ropes at the same time. Tortoise could not move. He could not go to any of the villages. He could not eat. He was very hungry. Greedy Tortoise became thin.

Vocabulary Development

Now, let us find out the meaning of the emboldened word in our passage about tortoise.

Greedy: wanting more than you really need.

In the passage, tortoise wanted more food and because of his greediness he became thin.

So, you see it is not good to be greedy like Mr. Tortoise.

You must be satisfied with what you have and not want more when you don’t need.

Comprehension Questions.

  1. What was Tortoise like?                Answer:  Tortoise was fat and greedy.
  2. What did the children give Tortoise?
  3. Where did he tie the ropes?
  4. Where did the children go with the ropes?
  5. What did the first child do when the food was ready?
  6. What did Tortoise do?
  7. What did the other children do?
  8. Why did Tortoise become thin?



Expressing Ownership; Using possessive pronouns as singulars and plurals correctly.

Look at the pictures. Complete the sentences. Use the words in the box.

his, her, their, ours.
  • Amado rides a blue car.

It is _____ car.

  • They are neighbors.

This is ____ house.

  • The landlord built the house.

This is _____ house.

  • Nelson is Mary’s brother.

Mary is ____ sister.

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