English Grammar: Verbs

English Grammar: Verbs

Our category on verbs is certainly one of our hottest, as many teachers and parents search for high quality worksheets on grammar, and verbs in particular. We have recently renamed all our verb worksheets to include an age guide, for KS1 or KS2, which should help in choosing the most suitable resource.

We have also just published three new sets of pages on irregular verbs, the present perfect tense and the past progressive tense. Tricky stuff indeed!

Regular and irregular verbs

A regular verb, such as to talk looks like this:
Present:     I talk to my pet dog every day.
Past:          I talked to my teacher yesterday.
Regular verbs can be written in the past tense by adding ed, d or ied.

Irregular verbs do not follow this rule e.g.
Present:     I ride my bike on the pavement.
Past:          I rode my bike on the road.

The Present Perfect Tense

In year 3 children will be expected to use the present perfect form of verbs as well as the simple past. We use the present perfect tense for something that started in the past and continues in the present.

For example: Gran has lived in Brighton all her life.

The Past Progressive

The past progressive tense is used to show an ongoing action which happened in the past. It is also known as the past continuous. This tense is formed by using the verb ‘to be’ in the past tense with the present participle of the verb (ending in ing).

For example: It was raining all day yesterday.
The past progressive tense can also be used for describing an action taking place when another occurs, usually using when or while.
For example: The wind was blowing strongly when Bob’s cap flew off. (‘was blowing’ is the past progressive)

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