Past Simple

The simple past is a verb tense that is used to talk about things that happened or existed before now


With most verbs the past tense is formed by adding -ed

call >called; like > liked; want > wanted; work > worked 

:But there are a lot of irregular past tenses in English for example

eat= ate , see=saw ..etc


:We use the past tense to talk about

  • something that happened once in the past

.I met my wife in 1983
.We went to Spain for our holidays
.They got home very late last night

  • something that happened again and again in the past

When I was a boy I walked a mile to school every day
We swam a lot while we were on holiday
They always enjoyed visiting their friends

  • something that was true for some time in the past

lived abroad for ten years
He enjoyed being a student
.She played a lot of tennis when she was younger

  • we often use phrases with ago with the past tense

met my wife a long time ago.

Questions and negatives-

We use did to make questions with the past tense

?When did you meet your wife
?Where did you go for your holidays
?Did she play tennis when she was younger
?Did you live abroad

But look at these questions

?Who discovered penicillin
?Who wrote Don Quixote

We use didn’t (did not) to make negatives with the past tense

.They didn’t go to Spain this year
.We didn’t get home until very late last night
.I didn’t see you yesterday

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