I read a book past tense = I read a book.
What? Is that a mistake?
What is the past tense of read?
It’s very easy. Let’s look at this verb.
to read (verb)
Present: read (“reed”)
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”.
Past: read (“red”)
Last year I read a lot of books.
Past Participle: read (“red”)
I’ve read the new Harry Potter book.
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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