The past tense of the verb To Be is formed by adding te after the subject.
She was a nurse. - Li te yon enfimyè.
Jonas was my friend. - Jonas te zanmi m.
This was a bird. - Sa te yon zwazo.
It was a book - se te yon liv
It was a sad day - se te yon jou tris
Those were Journalists. - Sa yo te jounalis.
Jo was a great singer. - Jo te yon gran chantè.
Part I - Here is a little practice. Translate the following sentences.
1. This food was good.
2. Cedò was a friend.
3. That was an airplane.
4. It was a big day.
5. I was happy.
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Past tense of OTHER VERBS
Past tense = Subject + Te + Verb
*Sometimes people will omit the “te” and just use the present tense when talking of the past.
She fell. - Li te tonbe. (or sometimes, 'li tonbe')
We went - nou te ale
I did it - m te fè li
Monète ran fast - Monète te kouri vit
he knocked at the door - li te frape pòt la
Part II - Let’s review: Please translate the following.
1. I understood
2. we loved it
3. she spoke well
4. we sat together
5. they ate it
6. She went to Haiti this morning.
7. We gave her a big kiss.
8. They cried.
9. She called us when she arrived.
10. She saw a lot of trees.
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Part I -1.manje sa te bon 2.Cedò se te yon zanmi 3.sa se te yon avyon 4.se te yon gwo jou 5.m te kontan
Part II - 1.m te konprann 2.nou te renmen l 3.li te pale byen 4.nou te chita ansanm 5.li te manje l 6.Li te ale Ayiti maten an 7.Nou te ba li yon gwo bobo 8.Yo te kriye 9.Li te rele nou lè li te rive 10.Li te wè anpil pye bwa