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This bright, appealing grammar worksheet is an excellent way to practise and revise using the suffixes -ly, -ful, -less, -ness and -ment in Year 2. It is divided into five sections: understand, challenge, test, explain and apply.

Activities include SATs style questions and opportunities for creative writing responses, with eye-catching images as prompts.

What is tense?

The tense shows when the action in a piece of writing is taking place.

  • The past tense is about things that have already happened.
  • The present tense is about things that are happening now.
  • The future tense is about things that are yet to happen.

What is verb tense?

The tense is shown by the verbs, and the form of the verb will depend on the tense.

What is past tense?

The simple past tense is about things that were finished before now. Examples include she worked, he wrote, the sun rose. Many simple past tense verbs add the suffix -ed to the basic verb (eg worked), but some don’t follow the -ed rule (eg wrote, rose).

The past progressive tense is about things that were happening in the past. Examples include: she was working, he was writing, the sun was rising.

The past perfect tense is used to show when something happened before something else in the past, or, when something started happening in the past and was still happening at a later time. It is formed by using the simple past tense of have (had) + a past tense verb. Examples of the past perfect tense include she had worked, he had written, the sun had risen.

What is an irregular verb?

Irregular verbs are those which don’t follow the rule of adding -ed to show the past tense

Irregular verb examples

  • Beat: beat
  • Become: became
  • Break: broke
  • Drive: drove
  • Feel: felt
  • Go: went
  • Sing: sang
  • Weep: wept

National Curriculum English programme of study links

Learn how to use the present and past tenses correctly and consistently including the progressive form

Use the present perfect form of verbs in contrast to the past tense

Evaluate and edit by ensuring the consistent and correct use of tense throughout a piece of writing

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