Most English verbs are
regular. The past tense and the past participle of all regular verbs end in -ed.
Work (base/infinitive form of the verb) – I work in Boston.
Worked (past tense) – Yesterday I worked in Boston.
Worked (past participle) – I have worked in Boston for three years.
Play – Play
ed – Play ed
Cry – Cri ed – Cri ed
Stop – Stopp ed – Stopp ed
Here’s a long list of
. For 600 common regular English verbs all of these verbs, the past tense form (and the past participle) ends with the letters “ ed“.
Here is more detail for the
spelling rules for regular verbs.
Does she a car? has
a car? have
Does your father an appointment? has Does your father
an appointment? have
to Boston every Tuesday? goes Does he
to Boston every Tuesday? go
Does the milk
Does the milk ok? smell
Does she pizza? like
– Use when something happens in the present in a usual/regular way. Present Tense
of a verb – Same as the infinitive, without the ‘to’
Examples of base verbs: go (not – goes, going, went); like, have, do, eat, work, play
he/she/it in present tense – Pronounce the sound of the S at the end of most verbs
cooks every night. She goes there often. It looks good. BUT –
for questions, use the base form of the main verb
a new dress. But… Does she has a new dress? have She
to school every Tuesday. But… Does she goes to school every Tuesday? go Answering these yes/no questions
Does she have a car?
Yes she does. (or – Yes, she has a car.)
No she doesn’t. (or – No, she doesn’t have a car.)
Does she like pizza?
(or – Yes, she likes pizza) Yes she does.
(or – No, she doesn’t like pizza.) No she doesn’t.
Don’t Say: or – Yes, she like. Yes, she likes.
Here’s another good explanation from Woodward English:
He in Boston. work
in Boston. work s
She pizza. like She
pizza. like s
Her dress (it) beautiful. look s
My brother (he) landscaping. do es
to help her little sister. try
My daughter (she) to help her little sister. tr ies
– Use when something happens in the present in a usual/regular way. Present Tense For
he/she/it in present tense – Don’t forget to pronounce the sound of the S at the end of the verb. Add the s (or ‘es’) only when
it’s with a he/she/it form (called ‘3rd person’)
(not with I/you/we/they) it’s in the present tense
the sentence is
affirmative (not negative)
Affirmative example: His mother
cooks dinner every night. Negative example: His mother doesn’t
cook dinner every night. When s/es is added to the end of the word, the sound can be different – depending on the word.
Here’s an explanation:
It’s from Woodward English in England, but the American pronunciation is very similar.
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