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.
|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|
|Examples:||1st form||2nd form||1st form||2nd form|
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?