Past Simple

Use of the Past Simple

The 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   if you speak a short vowel » doubling
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 of the Past Simple

How to form: 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)

Questions in the Past Simple

How to form: did + 1st form

Did he go to her last party? Did they like his story?

Where did they live? How did she feel?
Question word - did - person - verb

BUT: Was he angry? Were they late? Could they swim?



Past Simple - Exercises