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Using Irregular Past Tense

“It’s in the Past”

    Elicit the use of past tense by asking your child about a recent experience (e.g., after going to the park ask, “Where did you go today?” or “What did you do at the park?”).

  • While playing with blocks, knock them down and say, “What happened to the blocks?”
  • Do not criticize incorrect verb forms.
  • If your child says, “I falled down,” instead of “I fell down,” restate what he has said in the correct way (e.g., Oh, you fell down).
  • Use irregular past tense during appropriate situations throughout your child’s day.