Trying to come up with present tense sample dialogue for the comics up to this point really drove home just how much we use the past tense in everyday conversation. But I guess it makes sense. The past is much bigger than the present so it makes sense a lot of conversations would be about past events.
Anyways, now that we’re learning past tense we can hopefully start working on some more natural sounding dialogue.
Putting The Past Behind Us
Blue: To make a polite verb past tense just replace ます with ました.
Blue: 行きます(I go) becomes 行きました (I went).
Blue: Your turn: The student studied.
Blue: Very good! Now you can talk about the past.
Yellow: Guess that means I have to do my history homework.
Blue: You were putting off your English history homework because you didn’t know Japanese past tense?
Yellow: I’m not picky when it comes to excuses.