Instantaneous Composition Method

Japanese Grammar Exercise: Past Tense 「…た」

Japanese Past Tense

Before starting the exercise for past tense 「…た」, please clarify any doubts you may have about the grammatical rules by referring to your grammar guidebook or dictionary. The Instantaneous Composition Method requires you to compose sentences with the target sentence pattern(s) over and over in order to use them almost effortlessly. You should already have the necessary knowledge.

Reference
Genki I – Lesson 4: Verbs (past tense)
Tae Kim’s Guide – Past Tense

Instantaneous Composition Exercise for Past Tense 「…た」

This is not a translation exercise. This is the Instantaneous Composition Exercise. As if a reflexive action, try to create an equivalent Japanese sentence shortly after reading an English script. Try not to think for more than three seconds.

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English and Hidden Japanese Scripts

 1.  (I) arrived at my house.
いえきました。 
 2.  (I) sat down there.
そこにすわりました。
 3.  My grandfather died.
おじいさんはにました。
 4.  (I) ate breakfast.
あさごはんをべました。
 5.  (I) used an umbrella.
かさ使つかいました。
 6.  As for my friend, (I) didn’t wait for (him).
ともだちはちませんでした。
 7.  As for the movie, (I) didn’t watch (it).
えいませんでした。
 8.  (I) didn’t turn left.
ひだりがりませんでした。
 9.  As for the book, (I) didn’t read (it). 
ほんみませんでした。 
 10.  As for my homework, (I) didn’t do (it). 
宿しゅくだいはしませんでした。

 

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