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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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I Went home yesterday 

12:25 PM May 16 2018 |

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AliyahSara

United Kingdom

Thanks for the making it as simple as it shoud be !


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Cameroon

I didn’t go to school yrsterday beacause it was a holiday

10:30 AM Mar 07 2018 |

MildredEcOdy

Czech Republic

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Singapore

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06:36 PM Feb 24 2018 |

EVAfrommexico

Mexico

A very common quote says: “The best thing about the past is that it shows you what not to bring into the future”....., but I rather say: “The best thing about the past tense is the grammar”. :=)

12:31 PM Dec 28 2017 |

DailyFreshMilk

China

We saw the past simple on this page

08:24 AM Feb 14 2016 |