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THE PAST SIMPLE

The simple past or past simple is used to write and talk about completed actions that happened in a time before the present. It is the basic form of the past tense in English. Study the following information how to form the simple past and how to form the negation and questions.

REGULAR VERBS

How to form: Infinitive + ed = 2nd form
Examples: walk + ed   walked
  laugh + ed   laughed
  want + ed   wanted
Note: cry - cried   y » i
  carry - carried   y » i
  love - loved   no e
  hope - hoped   no e
  stop - stopped   if you speak a short vowel » doubling
  drop -dropped   Bei kurz gesprochenen Vokal » Verdopplung
Key words: yesterday, last week (month, Monday, October,...), in 1984, ago

 

IRREGULAR VERBS

Examples: 1st form 2nd form 1st form 2nd form
am, is was see saw
are were do did
get got take took
go went have had

 

IRREGULAR VERBS LISTS: FRENCH GERMAN ITALIAN SPANISH

 

NEGATION
didn't (= did not) + 1st form
He didn't go to her last party. They didn't like his story.
BUT: was not (wasn't), were not (weren't), could not (couldn't)
QUESTION
did + 1st form
Did he go to her last party? Did they like his story?
Where did they live?  
Question word did Person verb  
BUT: Was he angry? Were they late? Could they swim?

 


Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5 Exercise 6
Negation: Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5
  Exercise 6        
Question: Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4 Exercise 5
  Exercise 6