| English uses verbs in the simple past tense to refer to |
actions, situations, or events that are finished and that
happened before now. There are three ways to form
simple past tense in English. One way is what happens
with the verb be: it uses the special forms was and were.
Another way is what happens with regular verbs.
(They are called regular because they all add the same
ending--ed--or some variation on it.)
| Regular verbs make their past tense by adding - d, - ed, |
or (if the verb ends in a consonant + y), changing the y
to i and then adding - ed.