Short Lesson 1: Past Tense of Read

past tense of read

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I read a book past tense = I read a book.

What? Is that a mistake?

No!

What is the past tense of read?

It’s very easy. Let’s look at this verb.

to read (verb)
Present: read (“reed”)

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Past: read (“red”)
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Past Participle: read (“red”)
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So as you can see, the past tense of read (and the past participle of read) is spelt the same as the present tense. But the pronunciation is different. Instead of being pronounced “reed”, the past tense of read is pronounced “red”.

Examples:

Past: read (“red”)
Last year I read a lot of books.

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They read the sign.
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You read all of his letters.
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They read the instructions and started the exam.
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When I read the comic I felt relaxed.
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She read my diary!
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Past Participle: read (“red”)
I’ve read the new Harry Potter book.

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Have you read today’s newspaper?
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We haven’t read enough books.
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Has he read the rules?
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She had already read the essay.
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They’ve read a lot of magazines today.
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Key Points:
1. The spelling of read in the past tense is the same as the spelling of read in the present tense!
2. But the pronunciation of read in the past tense sounds like “red”!

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