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Simple Past Tense

The simple past tense is used to talk about a completed action or state that occurred in the past. To form this tense, you simply add -ed to the end of the verb, as long as it is a regular verb. For example, the past tense of walk is walked. Be sure you use the simple past whenever you say when something happened in the past, for example, "I talked to her yesterday."

There are many irregular verbs in the simple past tense, however. For example, the past tense of have is had. The past tense of does is did. Be is especially tricky, because we say I/he/she/it was and you/we/they were.

To form 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." Did not is often shortened to didn't, especially in spoken English. With the verb "to be," we use was not, as in, "I was not impressed by 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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Tron: Legacy

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ismil22

ismil22

Egypt

thanks 4 help

02:28 PM Mar 14 2014 |

jasonhe2014

China

i made many friends on English baby today! lol

03:26 AM Feb 26 2014 |

safoonmark

United Kingdom

The Simple Past can also be used to describe a habit which stopped in the past. It can have the same meaning as “used to.” To make it clear that we are talking about a habit, we often add expressions such as: always, often, usually, never, when I was a child, when I was younger, etc.


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United States

Many people hate to hear the sound of their voice and avoid listening to themselves speak. However, this is a very important exercise because doing it will help you become conscious of the mistakes you are making.


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ria-12

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 |

chikkupari

chikkupari

India

i had met my frnd yesterday

01:00 AM Aug 07 2013 |

dayu1

dayu1

Mexico

She was spend time with me in the rain ,so she got a flu, it wasn’t my fault, also she was drunk the last time I saw her, I was made for take care about her in that moments.
You were ran outside.
I didn’t know that
My dog didn’t eat.
I danced a lot at 10 o’clock

01:43 PM Jul 09 2013 |

padmarai96

India

i bought a car yesterday.

07:27 AM Jun 16 2013 |

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Greece

Simple past tense – simple :P

12:29 PM May 07 2013 |