Past tense in Afrikaans

I’ve made a “Past tense recipe” to go with our theme of food and cooking.

Past tense is verlede tyd in Afrikaans.

Recipe for Past tense:


  1. Het
  2. Ge+ verb (some verbs need glue –the ge- goes inside the verb)



Step 1: Look at the sentence and identify the verb.

Step 2: Verb goes to the end of the sentence and gets a “ge”

Step 3: The person doing the action comes first and then add “het”. (To establish who is doing the action you need to ask the questions: who is doing the action?)


Ouma maak kos.

Verb: maak

Ouma het kos gemaak.

Hy loop in die straat.

Verb: loop

Past tense: Hy het in die straat geloop.

Sy hardloop om die baan.

Verb: Sy het om die baan gehardloop.

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3 thoughts on “Past tense in Afrikaans”

  1. 1. Sy het jellie gehou.
    2. Hy het pizza geeet. ( Two dots above the second e in geeet)
    3. Hulle het met die trein gery.


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