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Preterit simple or Simple past

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Preterit progressif

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Preterit simple / Preterit progressif

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Preterit simple / Present perfect  
Page complémentaire : Non-progressive verbs


Preterit simple / Preterit progressif :


Cartoons PowerPoint presentations
Interactive exercises Songs
Interactive games Videos



Listening :


PowerPoint presentations :


INTERACTIVE exercises :


  • An Accident - A Verb-Form Exercise - interactive (
    "Read the text carefully
    and change the verbs to the correct form."

    - Preterit simple / Preterit progressif

  • Past simple and continuous (
    - Interactive exercises + Listening exercises

  • Which preterite ? (

Lesson plans :





  • A day in Jersey.
    "Watch the slideshow (and a video ), listen and play the game.
    All the words you must find are verbs in the past."

    Activity created by Renée Maufroid. (Ac. Lille)



Songs :

  • Travis Tritt - Tell Me I Was Dreaming (live)
    + LYRICS:
    "When I woke up this morning
    Wiped the sleep from my eyes
    I found a new day dawning...
    Tell me I was dreaming
    That you didn't leave me here to cry"

    Pour travailler le prétérit simple et le prétérit Be + V-ing
    suggested by Lydie Personnic

  • "Inna Modja - "Mister H"
    + the LYRICS
    "Couldn’t wake up this morning while I was ending a break
    I was late so I try to hurry hurry
    I was running in the street and I broke my heels...
    I couldn’t make it till my office
    So my boss was yelling on my phone
    I had to cry and cry and say I’m sorry
    Then I met...
    I saw my ex-man..."

  • Wreck On The Highway sung by Bruce Springsteen :
    "Last night I was out driving
    Coming home at the end of the working day
    I was riding alone through the drizzling rain
    On a deserted stretch of a county two-lane
    When I came upon a wreck on the highway"


    - the video (YouTube)


  • I twisted my ankle (
    Audio + Script
    Use of past simple and preterit continuous.

    "What happened?
    I was lifting a heavy bag and I hurt my back!"


  • Eternity by Robbie Williams :
    "Yesterday when we were walking
    You talked about your ma and dad,
    What they did that made you happy,
    What they did that made you sad.
    We sat and watched the sun go down
    Then picked a star before we lost the moon"




  • He is alive!!!
    Pour parler de cette histoire, on pourrait utiliser le preterit simple et le preterit progressif :
    "They were talking..., when some boys decided to..."






Present perfect / Simple past :



Pages complémentaires :

Present perfect - Present perfect / Preterit



  • Ago, for, since?
    "Listen to Peter Carter's podcast, then play the game."
    Activity created by: Renée Maufroid






  • Hallelujah sung by Rufus Wainwright (
    - Use of preterit + present perfect
    "Maybe I've been here before
    I know this room, I've walked this floor
    I used to live alone before I knew you
    I've seen your flag on the marble arch
    Love is not a victory march
    It's a cold and it's a broken hallelujah"

    - the VIDEO
    or Hallelujah sung by Jeff Buckley (YouTube)



  • Against the wind by Bob Seger :
    "... it was long ago
    Janey was lovely she was the queen of my nights...
    The secrets that we shared
    Mountains that we moved
    Caught like a wildfire out of control...
    We were running against the wind..."
  • Amazing by George Michael :
    "I was stitched up by the hands of fate...
    I was going down for the third time
    My heart was broken, I was not open to your suggestions
    I had so many questions...
    I think you should
  • Honey by Bobby Goldsboro (
  • I twisted my ankle : Audio + Script (
    Use of past simple and preterit continuous.

    "What happened?
    I was lifting a heavy bag and I hurt my back!"

  • I Used to Be An Animal by The Animals :
    "I want to tell you a story
    Once upon a time
    There were five young guys..."

  • Living Next Door to Alice by Smokie
    "When I rushed to the window,
    And I looked outside,
    And I could hardly believe my eyes -
    As a big limousine rolled up
    Into Alice's drive..."

  • Lucky Man by Emerson, Lake & Palmer :
    "He had white Horses
    And ladies by the score
    All dressed in satin
    And waiting by the door
    Ooooh, what a lucky man he was
  • Lullaby by Shawn Mullins (
  • 'Route 23' by Steven Seagal (lyrics on the CD : Songs from the Crystal Cave)


  • Veggie Tales by Billy Joe Mcguffery :
    "Now Billy Joe McGuffrey was a really clumsy kid.
    On the first day of first grade, I'll tell you what he did.
    He tripped over a pencil box and flew up in the air,
    Landed on a kangaroo who pulled out all his hair..."

  • Yesterday by The Beatles
    "Oh, yesterday came suddenly.
    Why she
    Had to go I don't know, she wouldn't say.
    I said..."