What is the past tense of lead, read, and dream?

What is the past tense of lead, read, and dream, and how do we pronounce them? That’s our question of the day!

Past tense of lead – led

The past tense of lead is led. Here are some example sentences:

  • I often lead meetings at work. Yesterday I led a meeting with a new client.
  • The winding trail through the forest eventually led us to a waterfall.
  • Tim’s strategic thinking led the team to success in the challenging project.
  • The detective carefully examined the evidence that led to the identification of the culprit.

Led is also the past participle of “lead,” used in the present perfect:

  • In the past year, I’ve led several workshops on team building.
  • She has led the organization well for over a decade.

Note: There is also the NOUN “lead” pronounced like “led,” which refers to a type of metal that is used in pencils.

What is the past tense of lead, read, and dream? Espresso English

Past tense of read – read (like “red”)

The past tense of read is read – it’s spelled exactly the same, but pronounced just like the color “red.”

  • I always read a book before bed. (present) Last month I read two books. (past)
  • She read the entire research paper to prepare for the discussion today.
  • My grandfather read me bedtime stories when I was a child.
  • I read that novel a long time ago so I don’t remember much about the story.

Read (pronounced “red”) is also the past participle of “read,” used in the present perfect:

  • Have you ever read War and Peace?
  • I’ve read over the contract and I have some questions.

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What is the past tense of lead, read, and dream? Espresso English

Past tense of dream – dreamed or dreamt (rhymes with “tempt”)

The past tense of dream can be dreamed or dreamt – both forms are correct, and they’ve both been used in English for several hundred years. So last night I dreamed about flying, or last night I dreamt about flying – they’re both fine.

  • She dreamt about her long-lost friend and woke up with a sense of nostalgia.
  • As a child, he often dreamed of becoming an astronaut and exploring outer space.

Dreamed or dreamt can also be used as the past participle, in the present perfect tense:

  • I’ve often dreamed about quitting my job and traveling the world.
  • We’ve always dreamt of adopting a child, and now our dream is coming true!

What is the past tense of lead, read, and dream? Espresso English

All three of these past tenses have a short “e” sound as in the word “get” or “bed.”

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What is the past tense of lead, read, and dream? Espresso English