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Making a Past simple revision


Do you usually have problems with past simple tense?, Let’s make a revision about it.

· The past simple is used to talk about activities that started and finished in the past.

For example: I read a book last week


· The past simple is used to talk about several actions that were completed in the past.

For example: I got up, I had a shower, I had breakfast and I went to work


· The past simple is used to talk about activities that started and finished in the past but in this case the action is long and is used to specify periods of time as “all year round” and “all day”.

For example: I lived in Argentina for six years.


· The past simple is used to talk about past habits.

For example: I often played with dolls when I was a child

Past simple of verb to be

​Pronouns

Verb to be

​I

was

you

were

we

were

they

were

he

was

she

was

it

was


Forming the past simple- Affirmative sentences:


Subject

verb in the past tense

object

Examples:


-I played football yesterday

-She ate pasta two days ago

-They went to the gym

-Negative sentences


In this case we use the auxiliary verb didn’t or did not.

As we already have the auxiliary in the past we don’t need to write the main verb in the past.

Subject

Auxiliary did

not

base form of the verb

object


Examples:


-I didn’t play football yesterday

-She didn’t eat pasta two days ago.

-They didn’t go to the gym.


Interrogative form

Finally, in this case we change the word order.

Auxiliary

​ subject

base form pf the verb

object?


Examples:


-Did you play football yesteday?

-Did she eat pasta two days ago?

-Did they go to the gym?


· These are yes/no questions and we answer them in the following way:


-Did you play football yesteday? Yes, I did

-Did she eat pasta two days ago? Yes, she did

-Did they go to the gym? No, they didn’t


· Wh- questions ask for more specific information


When did you play football? I played football yesterday.


Regular and irregular verbs in past


Regular verbs always end with -ed or -d form.

-Play-played

-Dance-danced

-Need-needed

-Fix-fixed


· Irregular verbs change totally

-Go-went came

Go-went

-Eat-ate

-Bring-brought

 

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