Past Simple: If you already know how to use the Present Tense, then the Past Tense will be easy.
In general, the Past Tense is used to talk about something that started and finished at a definite time in the past.
This video and post are about Past Simple subject valuable information and we cover the subjects:
- When to use Past Simple.
- SPELLING RULES.
- Past Simple keywords.
- Past Simple Positive.
- Paragraph in the past simple.
- Past Simple Negative.
- Past Simple Question.
- Past Simple WH Question.
- Past Simple Examples.
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When to use Past Simple
- an action happened in the past.
- something that happened several times in the past.
- an action or event is completed or finished at the time of speaking.
- the time or, and place is stated or understood.
- the length of the event or action is not important.
- Most verbs we add, ed. Want, wanted. Fill, filled.
- Verbs ending in “y”. change the “y” to ied. Carry, carried. Study, studied.
- Irregular verbs. Go, went. Take, took. Have, had.
Examples Verbs in the past
- Work, worked.
- Dance, danced.
- Clean, cleaned.
- Stay, stayed.
- Start, started.
- Need, needed.
- Make, made.
- Build, built.
- Bend, bent.
- Think, thought.
- Wake, woke.
- Sit, sat.
- Sleep, slept.
- Pay, paid.
- Keep, kept.
- Fight, fought.
Past Simple keywords
- This morning.
- Last week! Last year! Last month.
- Once upon a time.
- Long ago.
- 2 weeks ago.
- for 3 months.
- from April to May.
Subject + Verb 2 (past verb) + complement.
Past Simple Positive Examples
- I cleaned my car this morning.
- I brushed my teeth last night.
- Sami worked in a bank from 2011 to 2021.
- Yesterday it rained all morning. It stopped at lunchtime.
- We enjoyed the party last night. We talked to a lot of people.
- The meeting finished at midnight.
- I usually get up early, but this morning I got up at 9 o’clock.
- We did a lot of work yesterday.
- Susan went to the cinema three times last week.
- Jamal came into the room, took off his coat and sat down.
- I cleaned my teeth three times yesterday.
- It was hot in the room, so I opened the window.
- The film was very long. It started at 8.15 pm and finished at 10 o’clock.
- When I was a child, I wanted to be a doctor.
- The accident happened last Sunday afternoon.
- The weather is nice today, but yesterday it rained all day.
- We enjoyed our holiday last year. We stayed at a very nice place.
- Yesterday I went to work by car.
- Mary lost her keys yesterday evening.
- I usually go to school by bus, but today I walked.
- They stayed at home at the weekend because they were ill.
- She studied hard and passed the exam.
- I thought the lesson was fun and our teacher is very nice.
- He bought two bars of chocolate and gave one to his brother.
Paragraph in the past simple
Last Tuesday Amina flew from London to Madrid. She got up at 6 o’clock in the morning, and had a cup of coffee. At 6:30 she left home and drove to the airport. When she got there, she parked the car, walked to the airport building, and checked in. Then she had breakfast at a café and waited for her flight. The plane departed on time and arrived in Madrid two hours later. Finally, she took a taxi from the airport to her hotel in the center of Madrid.
We use did not “didn’t ” to make negatives with the past simple:
Subject + did not + verb 1 (base form) + complement.
Did not = didn’t.
Don’t forget to use base form – verb 1. after “didn’t”.
We didn’t watch past continuous lesson. (correct sentence)
watched past continuous lesson. (wrong sentence)
Past Simple Negative Examples
- They didn’t go to Italy this year.
- We didn’t get home until very late last night.
- I didn’t see you yesterday.
- I didn’t sleep well last night.
- My wife didn’t write to me last week.
- I didn’t watch TV yesterday.
- I played tennis yesterday, but I didn’t win.
- We went to the cinema, but we didn’t enjoy the film.
- I saw Aisha, but I didn’t see Amal.
- They worked on Monday, but they didn’t work on Tuesday.
- We went to the post office, but we didn’t go to the bank.
- She had a pen, but she didn’t have any paper.
- Abdullah did French at school, but he didn’t do German.
- We went to the cinema, but the film wasn’t very good. We didn’t enjoy it.
- We were tired, so we didn’t stay long at the party.
- It was very warm in the room, so I didn’t close the window.
- I didn’t study about plants for the exams.
- Jessica went to the bookshop, but she didn’t go to the newsagents.
- Mark brought some orange juice, but he didn’t bring any food.
- We spoke to a lot of people, but we didn’t speak to Tom.
- They asked me about my experience, but they didn’t ask me about my education.
- You made a cup of coffee for her, but you didn’t make one for me.
Did + subject + verb 1 (base form) + complement.
Did she go away last week?
Yes, she did.
No, she didn’t.
Negative Form Examples
- Did you do the shopping?
- ‘Did you see Joe yesterday?
- ‘Did it rain on Sunday?
- ‘Did Helen come to the party?
- ‘Did your parents have a good holiday?
- Did you watch TV last night?
- ‘Did you phone Chris this morning?
- Did you have fun with your friends?
- Did you have a nice weekend?
- Did you play a game yesterday?
- Did you visit our YT channel last week?
- Did you finish your homework?
- Did you go swimming yesterday?
- Did she eat pizza last night?
- Did your teacher give you a test?
- Did your sister buy you a present?
- Did your friend call you yesterday?
- No, I didn’t have time.
- No, I didn’t.
- Yes, it did.
- No, she didn’t.
- Yes, they did.
- No, I didn’t. I slept early.
- No, I didn’t have time.
- Yes, I did.
- No, I didn’t. I worked on my vacation.
- No, I didn’t. I did my homework.
- Yes, I did.
- No, I didn’t. I played a game.
- No, I didn’t. I don’t swim.
- Yes, she did.
- Yes, he did. And helped me.
- No, she didn’t. she is stingy.
- Yes, he did. But I didn’t answer him.
WH Question Form
WH + Did + subject + verb 1 (base form) + complement.
WH Question Form Examples
- What did you learn at school yesterday?
- When did you see the film?
- What did you have for dinner last night?
- What did you do yesterday?
- How did you get to university yesterday?
- Where did you go last vacation?
- Where did you meet Nina?
- What time did you go to bed last night?
- Why did you arrive late?
- Who did send you an email?
- Who did you meet?
- When did you get to work yesterday?
- What did you do this morning?
- When did you start learning English?
- We learned verb to be in the past.
- I saw it at 8:00 O’clock last week.
- I made Roasted chicken.
- I cleaned my room.
- I took a bus.
- We went to a restaurant.
- I met her in London.
- I went to bed early at 9:00 pm last night.
- Because I missed the bus.
- ABC company sent me an email.
- I met Amir.
- I went to work at 1:00 pm.
- I visited my grandmother this morning.
- In my country we begin to learn English from the 3rd grade at schools.