A past tense verb chart is extremely helpful, because verbs take on a variety of different forms. There is a very important difference between regular and irregular verbs. Regular verbs all tend to take on the same sort of endings, whereas irregular verbs typically vary depending on the exact word. Let's explore this further.
What you may know most commonly as the past tense is also called the past simple or the simple past tense. In the verb charts below, organized by regular verbs and irregular verbs, you'll see how these verbs are conjugated into their past tense forms.
In addition, regular verbs are also conjugated into their future tense form, while the irregular verbs are shown in their past participle forms too.
All regular verbs follow a predictable, traditional pattern when conjugating into other verb tenses. To conjugate the present tense verb into the past tense, you typically add -ed to the end. To conjugate into the future tense, you add the word "will" before the verb.
The verb tense chart below, consisting of a 21-page downloadable PDF document, lists the regular verb in its present tense, the past tense of the verb, and the future tense of the verb.
A great way to understand verbs and how they are conjugated into different verb tenses is to read them in the context of a sentence. Here are several examples.
Whereas regular verbs follow a more predictable and standard pattern for conjugating into different verb tenses, irregular verbs are a series of exceptions. The only way to know how to conjugate a given irregular verb is to commit the variations to memory.
Just as with regular verbs, irregular verbs are best understood in the context of a sentence.
Although our past tense verb chart has covered quite a number of different verbs and their tenses, there are thousands of verbs in the English language. Therefore, if you are not sure what the correct word is to use, make sure to double check the definition of the verb and review the past tense forms of the verb.