Past Simple

The affirmative of past simple regular verbs is formed by adding -ed to the end of the base verb. 

 

Ex: walk → walked, call → called, visit → visited

 

Ex: I walked to work this morning.

Ex: He called his grandma last weekend.

Ex: They visited England last summer.

Past Simple Affirmative

The English past simple is used for talking about things that happened in the past and are now complete, finished, or over. You will be able to use this tense to talk about your own past, such as where you lived; what you studied; or what you did last year, last month, or last weekend. You will also be able to ask others about their past.

 

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Past Simple Negative

The past simple negative of all verbs except "to be" is formed by using "did" + "not" (or didn't) + the base form of the verb.

Ex:    dance --> didn't dance           talked --> didn't talk               called --> didn't call

Ex: Alina didn't dance at the party last weekend.

Ex: Lucas and I didn't talk for three years.

Ex: You didn't call me to tell me the news.

The past simple negative of "to be" uses either "was" or "were" and "not."

Ex:  I wasn't at work yesterday.                                   We weren't at work yesterday.                               

Ex: Jack wasn't at work yesterday.                            You weren't at work yesterday. 

Ex: Jane wasn't at work yesterday.                           They weren't at work yesterday.

Ex: It wasn't raining yesterday.

Past Simple Questions

Past simple yes/no questions for all verbs other than "to be" are formed by putting "did" at the beginning of the sentence.

Ex: Did I forget my phone?

Ex: Did Alina like the movie?

Past simple yes/no questions with "to be" are formed by moving the "was" or "were" to the beginning of the sentence.

Ex: Was Beth at the club last week?

Ex: Were you surprised by his answer?

Past simple wh-questions are formed by placing the question word at the beginning of the sentence. The rules for yes/no questions still apply.

Ex: Where were they?

Ex: When did Frank arrive?

Ex: How did you like the movie?