Business English- Simple Past of Common Verbs

Level: Beginner

Topic: Profession, work or study

Grammar Topic: Verbs and Tenses

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Lesson Plan Text

Common Business English Verbs Simple Past
Teacher’s instructions
Cut up one complete set of cards per group of two to four students (with one verb per 
card), plus make one more copy per student (for reference and to check their answers 
with). Ask each group to work together to put the words into four groups by their Simple 
Past pronunciation. If they get stuck or think they have finished, tell them how many 
should be in each group, tell them what the four categories are and/ or explain why the 
different words have different pronunciations of “ed”.

Give them the uncut copies to check their answers with (the words are already in the 4 
groups). After answering any questions, ask them to take turns continuing a story with 
verbs from the pack, e.g. Student A: “My company launched a new product last week.”/ 
Student B: “Unfortunately, all the customers complained it gave off a strange smell”/ etc.

Sign

Socialise

Staple

Supervise

Train

Travel

Use

Install

Offer

Organise

Phone

Receive

Repair

Save

Exchange

Explain

Agree

Apologise

Complain

Disagree

Stamp

Thank

Type

Launch

Purchase

Discuss

Drop

Attach

Waste

Invite

Negotiate

Present

Print

Provide

Reject

Request

Attend

Calculate

Decide

Download

Be

Begin

Cost

Cut

Deal

Do

Fall

Give

Grow

Have

Lead

Leave

Quit

Pay

Read

Rise

Sell

Send

Spend

Write

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012