English Grammar Want Past Tense
Learn English Want Past Tense Grammar

Grammar Level 1- Lesson Thirty

In this grammar lesson, you learn about Want Past Tense in English and how to use it in your English conversation and writing. Just follow examples and write them down a few times to learn them very well. After finishing this lesson, you should work on its quiz.

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Want Past Tense


I wanted _____
You wanted _____
He wanted _____
She wanted _____
It wanted _____

We wanted _____
You 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.)

Want in the Past Tense – Negative

I didn’t want _____
You didn’t want _____
He didn’t want _____
She didn’t want _____
It didn’t want _____

We didn’t want _____
You didn’t want _____
They didn’t want _____

An object usually comes 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)

(Answers: 1. did…want; 2. wanted; 3. did….want; 4. wanted; 5. did….want;
6. wanted; 7. didn’t want; 8. didn’t want; 9. didn’t…want; 10. didn’t want)


Quiz for Want Paste Tense

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