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Simple Past Tense

The simple past tense is used to talk about a completed action or state that was in the past. For regular verbs, we make this tense by adding -ed to the end of the verb. For example, the past tense of "to walk" is walked. Use the simple past whenever you say that something happened in the past. For example, "I talked to her yesterday."

There are also many irregular verbs in the simple past tense. For example, the past tense of "to have" is had. The past tense of "to do" is did. "To be" is extra difficult because we say I/he/she/it was and you/we/they were.

To make the negative in the simple past tense, we put did not before the base form of the main verb, as in, "I did not see a movie last night." We usually speak the contraction didn't instead of did not. With the verb "to be," we use was not or wasn’t, as in, "I wasn’t happy with the film."

Simple Past Tense Grammar Quiz

  1. The Wrestler me think about what I want to do with my life.

  2. Scary movies me when I was a child.

  3. Luke and Sylvia together last night.

  4. My friends some snacks for the party.

  5. The kids hard for the exam.

  6. Congratulations! Erin me you are getting married.

  7. The phone while you were out.

  8. you ever find your keys?

  9. Marisa Tomei an Academy Award for her role in My Cousin Vinny.

  10. I to school yesterday because it was a holiday.

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Simple Past Tense Lessons:

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Photo Albums

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Sherlock Holmes

Up in the Air

Coma

Dart on the Map

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DailyFreshMilk

China

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08:24 AM Feb 14 2016 |

muckta

United States

He is played with his brother.

12:18 AM Dec 28 2015 |

riiki

Somalia

i was at school yesterday. i met with my friends and then came back home.

07:22 AM May 17 2015 |

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Israel

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12:54 AM Mar 23 2015 |

sofiaamazir

Morocco

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10:34 AM Feb 16 2015 |

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Egypt

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ria-12

Indonesia

I went to cibubur yesterday, i met my brother and we ate together. Please correction my language. Thx

05:03 AM Dec 23 2013 |

darkblue1

Saudi Arabia

need worksheet with answer key about simple past and past continuous.


thanks     darkblue1

12:51 PM Oct 29 2013 |