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.

7 thoughts on “Past tense in Afrikaans”

  1. Who wants to try to write these sentences in the past tense?
    1. Sy hou van jellie.
    2. Hy eet pizza.
    3. Hulle ry met die trein.
    Post your answers below please. Enjoy.

  2. 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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