Lesson 26: want – past tense

Lesson 26: want – past tense

Past Tense

I wanted _____
We wanted _____
You wanted _____
You wanted _____

He wanted _____

She wanted _____

It wanted _____

They wanted _____

The verb “want” requires an object:

  • I wanted some coffee. (The word “coffee” is an object.)
  • He wanted a new car. (The word “car” is an object.)
  • We wanted a vacation. (The word “vacation” is an object.)

Past Tense – negative

I didn’t want _____
We didn’t want _____
You didn’t want _____
You didn’t want _____

He didn’t want _____

She didn’t want _____

It didn’t want _____

They didn’t want _____

Remember: You must have an object after the verb “want.”

  • You didn’t want the job.
  • My dog didn’t want to stay home. (The infinitive, “to stay” functions as the object in this sentece.)
  • The kids didn’t want the brocolli.

These questions are asked in the past tense:

  • What did you want?
  • Did they want any more juice?
  • Did your neighbor want any help?
  • When did he want to eat?
  • When did you want to leave for the airport? (This question and the one before it are in the past tense, but they refer to a future event.)

Here are some examples:

  • A: What did he want?
  • B: He wanted his bottle. Now he’s happy!
  • A: What did she want to do when she was a little girl?
  • B: She wanted to become a ballerina, and now she is.


  • A: What did they want to do yesterday?
  • B: They wanted to go skating, so they went to the park and skated around the lake.


Directions: Fill in the blanks to make the past tense with the helping verb (did) and the main verb (want).
1- 10 Past Tense:
What _______ they _________ ?
They ________ a ride.
What ________ he ________?
He _________ something to drink.
What ________ you ________ to do?
I ________ to see a movie.
We _________ __________ that house. (negative)
The childen _________ __________ to leave. (negative)
Why _________ she _________ the job? (negative)
My mother _______  ________ me to do that. (negative)


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