top of page
  • learnenglishmk

What is the past tense to lead? Past Tense: Understanding, Examples and Usage

In the English language past tense is the most commonly used verb tense. We use past tense when any events, actions or situation that already happened. In this piece of my article we will explore the different forms of past tense, its usage and will provide a few examples to help you understand how to use it.

Past tense to lead

Table of Contents

  • What is the past tense?

  • What is past tense to lead?

  • What is past simple verb tense

  • Past Continuous Tense

  • Past perfect tense with examples

  • Past continuous perfect tense

  • Irregular verbs of past tense

  • Regular verbs in the past tense

  • How to Choose the Right Tense

  • Common Mistakes to Avoid

  • Exercise for past tense

1. What is the past tense?

Past tense is the grammatical verb tense which is used to describe events, actions or situations that have already occurred. It is used to indicate that the act or incident already happened at a specific point in time. The incident or event can happen at any specific point in time, whether it be a moment ago or many years ago. There are four forms of past tenses: simple past tense, past continuous tense, past perfect tense and past perfect continuous tense.

past tense of the irregular verbs

The below table shows the different tenses and its structure.

2. What is past tense to lead?

The past tense to "lead" is "led." "Lead" is an irregular verb, which means it does not follow the regular pattern of adding "-ed" to form the past tense. Instead, it undergoes a vowel change. In the base form, "lead" rhymes with "reed." However, in the past tense, it changes to "led," which rhymes with "said." Here's an example sentence demonstrating the use of the past tense:

Base Form: lead

Past Tense: led

Sentence: He led the team to victory in the basketball game.

In this sentence, "led" is used to indicate that the person took the role of leading or guiding the team to success in the past.

In another blog I will explain in details about what is the past tense of lead with examples

3. What is past simple verb tense

The past simple verb tense is used to describe actions that are already completed in the past. It is structured by adding “-ed” to the base of the form of regular verbs or by using the second form of irregular verbs.

Here are three forms in the past simple verb tense with examples:

4. Past Continuous Tense

The past continuous tense which is also known as past progressive tense, is a verb tense used to describe an action or event which is ongoing that was happening in the past. It is formed with the combination of the verb "to be" (was/were) with the present participle of the main verb (verb + -ing).

The structure of the past continuous tense is as follows:

Subject + was/were + present participle

Here are some examples:

  • She was studying for her exams all night.

  • They were watching a movie when I called them.

  • We were having dinner when the power went out.

  • He was playing the guitar while she was singing.

  • I was driving to work when I saw an accident.

In the above examples for past continuous tense is used to specify that the action or events were ongoing in the past.

Exercise for past continuous:

5. What is past perfect tense verb

Past perfect tense verb is used to express an action that already happened before another action or event within a specific time in the past. It is formed by using the auxiliary verb "had" followed by the past participle of the main verb. Within tenses past perfect, the time of the action being described is further back in the past compared to another past action.

The basic structure of a sentence in verb tenses past perfect is as follows:

Subject + had + past participle verb + object/complement

Below are the past perfect tense examples:

She had already finished her homework when her friend called.

(The action of finishing homework happened before the action of receiving the call.)

By the time I arrived, they had already left. (The action of leaving occurred before the action of my arrival.)

  1. The team had won three matches in a row before they faced their first defeat. (The action of winning three matches took place before the action of facing defeat.)

The past perfect tense verb helps to establish a clear narrative progression of events in the past, indicating which action happened first and which event happened next. It is often used in storytelling or providing context to the main events in the narrative.

6. Past continuous perfect tense

The past continuous perfect tense which is also known as perfect continuous tense is used to describe a continuing action that was happening in the past, was already completed and had a duration before any other past action or event. It tries to establish the continuous nature of an action in the past that leads to a specific point or event.

The structure of the past continuous perfect tense is as follows:

Subject + had been + present participle (-ing form of the verb)

Below are some examples for past perfect continuous tense and understand past continuous usages:

  1. I had been studying for three hours when she called me.

  2. They had been playing tennis all afternoon before the rain started.

  3. The workers had been building the house for several months before it was completed.

  4. Sarah had been working at the company for five years when she decided to quit.

  5. We had been travelling for hours when we finally reached our destination.

In each of the examples the action defined by the past continuous perfect tense was continuing in the past, had a duration and was completed before another past action or event happened. Now as we understand past continuous usages, let us solve some exercises. These exercises should help you practice forming sentences using the past continuous perfect tense. Remember to use "had been" followed by the present participle (-ing form of the verb) to convey the continuous action that occurred in the past leading up to another past event or point in time.

7. Irregular verbs of past tense

Understanding the correct usage of the past tense of irregular verbs is essential for effective communication in English. Irregular verbs of past tense are a group of verbs in English that did not follow the usual pattern of adding “-ed” to the base form to indicate past tense. Instead irregular verbs to past tense have their own unique forms and these forms must be memorized individually since they do not follow any specific pattern. I learned the past tense of the irregular verbs by studying their unique conjugation patterns.

For example, what will be the irregular verbs for go. In the original form we say”go” however in past tense the verb becomes “went”. This deviation of not adding “-ed” are known as irregular verbs to past tense. The most common irregular verbs, such as “be,” “have,” and “go,” do have unique challenges in language learning due to their unpredictable conjugation patterns.

Below table shows some of the most common irregular verbs that deviate from adding “-ed”.

I found a helpful website that offers a wide selection of irregular verbs past tense worksheets for language learners of all levels.

8. Regular verbs in the past tense

Regular verbs in past tense are just the opposite of irregular verbs of past tense. regular verbs in the past tense follow a constant pattern of adding the suffix "-ed" to the base form of the verb to indicate that the action occurred in the past.

rule for regular verb

Here is the general rule for regular verbs in the past tense:

  • For regular verbs ending in a consonant (except "x," "y," and "w"), simply add "-ed" to the base form of the verb.


Walk → Walked

Talk → Talked

Play → Played

Watch → Watched

  • For regular verbs ending in an "e," add only "-d" to the base form.


Dance → Danced

Help → Helped

  • For regular verbs ending in a consonant followed by a "y," change the "y" to "i" and add "-ed."


Carry → Carried

Study → Studied

  • For regular verbs ending in a vowel followed by a consonant, double the consonant and add "-ed."


Stop → Stopped

Jog → Jogged

9. How to Choose the Right Tense

Choosing the correct tense is essential to convey the right message to the people. It is also essential to convey the intended meaning of your writing. The choice of correct verb tense depends on a specific context, hence consider the time frame, the relationship between different occurrences and the intended meaning when choosing the appropriate tense.

Now that we understand the different types of verb tenses, how you choose the right tense is the important and crucial factor. To choose the correct tense is to consider the factors like purpose, audience, and tone.


What is the purpose? Are you writing a news article or a personal blog or an academic research paper? The correct purpose of your writing can help you to guide your choice of tense. For example, if you are writing a news article about a current political event, then you may use present tense or present continuous tense to convey the news and its relevance. However if you are conveying or writing about a historical event, past tense would be your choice.


Who is your audience? The right audience for your message or writing can also play a vital role for your choice of tense. For example, if you are writing for a younger audience, the simple present tense may be more engaging and accessible and if you want to convey any message or writing for an academic audience then the past or present perfect tense may be more appropriate.


In which tone do you want to convey your message? The choice of tense is influenced by the choice of tone you want to write or convey your message. For example, the simple present tense can create a sense of urgency, while for nostalgic or more reflective tone is used for past tense.

10. Common Mistakes to Avoid

When writing in the past tense, there are a few common mistakes to avoid. Here are some of them:

a. Inconsistent verb tense: Make sure to maintain consistent past tense throughout your writing. Avoid switching back and forth between past and present tense within the same sentence or paragraph.

Incorrect: I walked to the store and buys some groceries.

Correct: I walked to the store and bought some groceries.

b. Overusing the past progressive tense: The past progressive tense is used to describe an ongoing action in the past. However, it should be used sparingly and only when necessary. Using it excessively can make your writing sound awkward and cumbersome.

Incorrect: I was walking to the store, and I was buying some groceries, and I was talking to a friend.

Correct: I walked to the store and bought some groceries while talking to a friend.

c. Incorrect verb agreement: Pay attention to the subject-verb agreement in your sentences. The verb should agree with the subject in terms of number (singular or plural).

Incorrect: The students was studying for the exam.

Correct: The students were studying for the exam.

d. Lack of clarity in time references: Clearly indicate the time frame of the past events you're describing to avoid confusion. Use appropriate time markers or adverbs to provide context.

Incorrect: I visited my grandmother last year. She lives in New York.

Correct: I visited my grandmother last year. She lived in New York.

e. Forgetting irregular verbs: Be aware of irregular verbs in the past tense and use them correctly. Regular verbs form their past tense by adding "-ed," but irregular verbs have unique past tense forms.

Incorrect: Yesterday, I teached a math class.

Correct: Yesterday, I taught a math class.

By avoiding these common mistakes, you can ensure that your writing in the past tense is clear, accurate, and grammatically correct.

know what past tense are

27 views0 comments

Recent Posts

See All


Rated 0 out of 5 stars.
No ratings yet

Add a rating



Recent Posts

bottom of page