Here is the sentence:

David was so hungry that he fought his brother for the container of leftovers, teared off the lid, and ate the cold meatloaf and congealed gravy right out of the plastic.

The second verb, teared, is incorrect. As you know, this sentence requires the simple past.

Tore is the right form; teared is a spelling error.

Verb Simple Present Simple Past Past Participle
tear tear(s) tore torn

Congratulations! You have finished Exercise 4!

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