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What is the past tense of rewind?

rewound

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What is the past participle of sail?

Sail is a regular verb so add -ed to make the past and past participle.

They have sailed to Canada.

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What is the past tense of speed?

The past tense of speed is "sped." You can use it in a sentence by saying "Did you watch the race last year? The blue car sped to the finish line with incredible velocity!"

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What is the past tense of last?

The verb "last" is regular; therefore, its past tense is "lasted".

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What is the past participle of am?

"Am" is the first person singular present indicative form of "to be", for which the past participle is "been".

Fundamentally, only infinitive verbs have past participle's; therefore "am", which can not be a proper infinitive, does not have any past participle.

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What is past participle of want?

The past participle is wanted.

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How do you spell hearing in the past tense?

The past tense of the verb "hear" is "heard". If you mean the word as in, "My hearing is quite good," the word is a gerund in that case, and has no past tense. The compound auxiliary verb progressive "be hearing" has the past tense "was hearing", perfective "have heard" has the past tense "had heard", and progressive-perfective "have been hearing" has the past tense "had been hearing".

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What is the past participle of abide?

The past participle is abode.

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What is the past tense of relate?

The past tense of relate is related.

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What is the past tense of behoove?

The past tense of behoove is behooved.

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What are tenses of the verb to tie?

The past tense is "I tied"

The present tense is "I tie"

The future tense is "I will tie"

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What are the time markers or expressions used with the simple past tense?

in - the holidays / summer / the afternoon / 2003 / January

I went to the beach in summer

on - the weekend / Saturday / Monday morning

She saw a movie on the weekend.

at - Christmas / midnight / six o'clock

They got up at midnight.

yesterday / the day before yesterday / last night / last week / this evening / tonight

I went to school yesterday

She saw a ghost last night

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What is the difference between the words began and begun?

In grammatical terms, it's this: "began" is past tense and "begun" is the past participle.

What this means in use is that if you are talking about something in the simple past tense, you would always use "began." These sentences are correct:

- I began music lessons when I was 6.

- The story began in the Colonial Period.

- Where were you when the game began?

- Our relationship began when we were in high school.

A participle can't be used all by itself as a verb. Another verb has to go with it. So you can't say something "begun." You have to say it "has begun," "had begun," "was begun," "will be begun," and so on.

"Begun" would be wrong in every one of the examples above and in any other sentence like them.

Here are some correct uses of "begun." Notice the helping verb (the auxiliary verb) that goes along with it. The verbs can be separated--such as by "not"--but they still work together.

- You cannot be seated after the play has begun.

- I have begun a shopping list.

- We have not yet begun to fight.

Likewise, if you are using "had" or "have" or another auxiliary, you must use "begun" and not "began." These sentences are all wrong:

WRONG - Have you began your assignment?

WRONG - My shift had began at 3:00.

WRONG - The party has not began yet.

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What is the past participle of rebuild?

Rebuilt

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What the past tense of manage?

Managed.

Eg: I managed my finances well

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Is weed an irregular verb or regular verb?

The simple past tense and past participle of "weed" is "weeded."

As you add -ed to make the past tense it is a regular verb.

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Why is teach's past tense taught?

Teach is an example of an irregular verb, a verb that does not follow the normal pattern in conjugation.

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What is the past tense form of 'frolic'?

The past tense of "frolic" would be "frolicked".

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What is the past form of sleep?

When trying to use the word sleep in a past tense style, the proper grammatical version of the word is "slept."

"I was so tired at work this morning as for the past two nights, I have slept horrible" is a sentence which uses the past form of sleep in a correct fashion.

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How do you write the past tense of read?

The present tense of the verb to read is "read" (rhymes with reed).

The past tense of the verb is also "read" (but rhymes with red).

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What is the present perfect of follow?

The present perfect of follow is has/have followed.

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What is the past participle of return?

The past participle is returned.

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What is the past perfect tense of jump?

The past perfect is had jumped.

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What is the past time of the verb Feel?

Felt

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How would you write the past tense of party?

Partied.

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