Please correct me if am wrong,

What is the appropriate way of expressing the past tense of pain

Should it be, "I am pained" or "I was pained"

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The past tense of pain is pained, as in "it pained me".

What you are talking about is the passive:

present, I am pained by your disrespectful behaviour, or

past, I was pained by your disrespectful behaviour.

I think it is probably more common to use pained adjectivally:

present: I am pained to see you behave that way.

past: I was pained to see you behave that way.

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