Simple Past - Use

PAST SIMPLE

The Simple Past is used to talk about actions or situations in the past. It is also called Past Simple. Have a look at the following examples:

1) action finished in the past (single or repeated)
I visited Berlin last week. Andrew watched TV yesterday.

2) series of completed actions in the past
First I got up, then I had breakfast. NEGATIVE

1) Andy bought a new shirt. - Andy did not buy a new shirt. 2) They went shopping last Friday. - They did not go shopping last Friday. 3) She had a bath in the morning. - She did not have a bath in the morning. 4) We felt like a big ice-cream. - We did not feel like a big ice-cream. 5) The students sat down. - The students did not sit down. 6) Marie ran home. - Marie did not run home. 7) The managers shook hands on the deal. - The managers did not shake hands on the deal. 8) William rode a horse. - William did not ride a horse. 9) The nurse took Peter's temperature. - The nurse did not take Peter's temperature. 10) I understood what the teacher said. - I did not understand what the teacher said.
1) have as a full verb affirmative sentence negative sentence question every time regardless the subject (I, he, she, it, we, you, they): I had a book. I did not have a book. Did I have a book? 2) be as a full verb affirmative sentence I, he, she, it: I was in Rome. we, you, they: We were in Rome.

negative sentence I was not in Rome. We were not in Rome.

question Was I in Rome? Were we in Rome?

3) do as a full verb affirmative sentence negative sentence question every time regardless the subject (I, he, she, it, we, you, they): I did an exercise. I did not do an exercise. Did I do an exercise?

Ending -ed in the Simple Past
1) we visit - we visited 2) they like - they liked 3) she dances - she danced 4) I play - I played 5) you carry - you carried 6) he stops - he stopped 7) you change - you changed 8) we enjoy - we enjoyed 9) she uses - she used 10) you try - you tried

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