Last month, I wrote my reasons for teaching the past tense before the present tense. If you missed that, it is in the archives at my website. In this month's E-News, I'll suggest ways to group the irregular past tense verbs. The past tense forms of the irregular verbs are a matter of vocabulary, practice, and some assisted memorizing. The past forms are easier to remember when they are in groups of the same pattern, rather than in alphabetical order with all three principal parts listed for memorizing.