English Grammar Exercises for A1 – Past simple affirmative: irregular verbs

1. Write the past simple form of the verbs.

1 begin   __________

2 break  __________

3 buy     __________

4 take    __________

5 grow   __________

6 have   __________

7 say      __________

8 sing     __________

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1 began   2 broke   3 bought   4 took   5 grew   6 had

7 said   8 sang

2. Complete the sentences with verbs from exercise 1.

1 mum __________ some pizzas at the supermarket.

2 ‘Good morning, everyone,’ __________ the teacher.

3 Liam __________ lunch in a café in town.

4 I __________ to study English when I was eight.

5 Martin __________ a song at the school concert.

6 Last year, we __________ potatoes in our garden.

7 David __________ a train from London to Edinburgh.

8 Oh, no! Who __________ this glass?

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1 bought   2 said   3 had   4 began   5 sang   6 grew

7 took   8 broke

3. Put the time expressions in order, with the most recent first.

last month      last night      last week      last year

the day before yesterday      three months ago

two years ago      yesterday afternoon      yesterday morning

1 __last night____

2 _____

3 _____

4 _____

5 _____

6 _____

7 _____

8 _____

9 _____

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2 yesterday afternoon   3 yesterday morning

4 the day before yesterday   5 last week   6 last month

7 three months ago   8 last year   9 two years ago

4. Rewrite the sentences in the past tense. Add the time expression in brackets.

1 I wear trainers to school. (yesterday)

     I wore trainers to school yesterday.

2 Sally and I take the bus to school. (the day before yesterday)

  ________

3 Susan sleeps until ten o’clock. (yesterday morning)

  ________

4 dad does a lot of housework. (last week)

  ________

5 I spend a lot of money on clothes. (last weekend)

  ________

6 mum makes cakes. (yesterday afternoon)

__________________

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2   Sally and I took the bus to school the day before yesterday.

3   Susan slept until ten o’clock yesterday morning.

4   dad did a lot of housework last week.

5   I spent a lot of money on clothes last weekend.

6   mum made cakes yesterday afternoon.

5. Complete the text. Use the past simple form of the verbs in brackets. Then listen and check.

ALBERT EINSTEIN1 _____ (be) born in 1879 in Germany. He 2 _____ (hate) school. His teachers 3 _____ (think) he wasn’t very clever, and he 4 _____ (leave) school at the age of fifteen. But he 5 _____ (love) science, and he 6 _____ (read) lots of books on his own. When he was 23, he 7 _____ (move) to Switzerland and 8 _____ (get) a job in an office. In his free time, he 9 _____ (write) about physics and the universe, and he 10 _____ (send) his work to universities. In 1994, he 11 _____ (return) to Germany and 12 _____ (become) a professor at a university in Berlin. There, he developed new ideas about time, space and atoms. In 1921, he 13 _____ (win) the Nobel Prize for Physics.

In 1933, he 14 _____ (decide) to leave Germany and 15 _____ (go) to the USA, where he 16 _____ (live) for the rest of his life. He 17 _____ (die) in 1955 at the age of 76. Few people 18 _____ (can) understand his ideas at that time, but now they are an important part of physics.

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1 was   2 hated   3 thought   4 left   5 loved   6 read

7 moved   8 got   9 wrote   10 sent   11 returned   12 became

13 won   14 decided   15 went   16 lived   17 died   18 could

Challenge!

Write five sentences about yourself. Use the past simple and time expressions from exercise 3.

1 _____

2 _____

3 _____

4 _____

5 _____