Past simple - irregular verbs - exercises with keys for pre-intermediate students


1. Complete the sentences with the past simple of the verbs.

a) We __________ (eat) fish at a restaurant last night.
b) I __________  (go) to Spain on holiday last summer.
c) She ___________ (buy) a new suit for work at the weekend.
d) I _________ (have) a bicycle when I was a child.
e) They _________ (do) their homework last night.
f) We __________ (swim) in the pool in the park on Sunday.
g) You _________ (take) a taxi to the station last week.
h) She ___________ (make) lunch for us yesterday.
i) He ____________ (get) up late this morning.
j) I _________ (sit) in the sun all afternoon.
k) We _________ (give) her a camera for her birthday.
l) They __________ (see) some horses on the beach this morning.

2. Complete the conversation with the past simple of the verbs: buy, do, eat, get up, go have, sit, swim, take.

А: How was your holiday?
В: Great! We ________ late every day and _________ in the hotel pool before breakfast.
А: How was the food at the hotel?
В: Not bad, but we usually ___________ in one of the local restaurants. We _________ some delicious fish dishes.
А: So, were you near the coast?
В: Yes, we were. We _________ the hotel bus down to the sea and _________ on the beach in the afternoon.
А: Were there many places to visit?
В: Mark ___________ sightseeing but I wasn't interested. I ___________ some shopping on the last day. Look! I ___________ this beautiful bracelet at a local market.

3. Regular or irregular verbs? Correct the mistakes.

a) make
b) took
c) visited
d) goed
e) studied
f) buyed
g) walked
h) eated
i) sitted
j) swimmed
k) haved
l) travelled
m) joinned
n) tryed
o) stopped
p) finished
q) gived

ANSWER KEY

1. Complete the sentences with the past simple of the verbs.

a) We ate fish at a restaurant last night.
b) I went to Spain on holiday last summer.
c) She bought a new suit for work at the weekend.
d) I had a bicycle when I was a child.
e) They did their homework last night.
f) We swam in the pool in the park on Sunday.
g) You took a taxi to the station last week.
h) She made lunch for us yesterday.
i) He got up late this morning.
j) I sat in the sun all afternoon.
k) We gave her a camera for her birthday.
l) They saw some horses on the beach this morning.

2. Complete the conversation with the past simple of the verbs: buy, do, eat, get up, go have, sit, swim, take.

А: How was your holiday?
В: Great! We got up late every day and swam in the hotel pool before breakfast.
А: How was the food at the hotel?
В: Not bad, but we usually ate in one of the local restaurants. We had some delicious fish dishes.
А: So, were you near the coast?
В: Yes, we were. We took the hotel bus down to the sea and sat on the beach in the afternoon.
А: Were there many places to visit?
В: Mark went sightseeing but I wasn't interested. I did some shopping on the last day. Look! I bought this beautiful bracelet at a local market.

3. Regular or irregular verbs? Correct the mistakes.

a) make made
b) took ⇃
c) visited ⇃
d) goed went
e) studied ⇃
f) buyed bought
g) walked ⇃
h) eated ate
i) sitted sat
j) swimmed swam
k) haved had
l) travelled ⇃
m) joinned joined
n) tryed tried
o) stopped ⇃
p) finished ⇃
q) gived gave

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