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SIMPLE

PAST TENSE

Simple past tense

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Simple past tense

USE 1 Repeated Actions

Use the Simple Present to express the idea that an


action is repeated or usual. The action can be a habit, a
hobby, a daily event, a scheduled event or something that
often happens. It can also be something a person often
forgets or usually does not do.

USE 2 Facts or Generalizations

The Simple Present can also indicate the speaker


believes that a fact was true before, is true now, and will
be true in the future. It is not important if the speaker is
correct about the fact. It is also used to make
generalizations about people or things

USE 3 Scheduled Events in the Near Future

Speakers occasionally use Simple Present to talk about


scheduled events in the near future. This is most
commonly done when talking about public

transportation, but it can be used with other scheduled


events as well.

USE 4 Now (Non-Continuous Verbs)

Speakers sometimes use the Simple Present to express


the idea that an action is happening or is not happening
now. This can only be done with Non-Continuous Verbs
and certain Mixed Verbs.

The simple past tense


This page will present the simple past tense:
its form
and its use.
Before you continue the lesson read the following
passage and try to see how the verbs are formed and
used.
Wolfang Amadeus Mozart was an Austrian musician and
composer. He lived from 1756 to 1791. He started
composing at the age of five years old and wrote more
than 600 pieces of music. He was only 35 years old
when he died.
The verbs "was, lived,started, wrote,
died" are in the simple past tense.
Notice that:
lived, started, died are regular past forms.
was, wrote are irregular past forms.

Regular verbs:
The verbs "lived, started, died" are regular past forms.
The rule is the following:
Verb + ed
Examples:

The
infinitive

The simple
past

live

lived

start

started

die

died

visit

visited

play

played

watch

watched

phone

phoned

marry

married

For the spelling of the -ed forms click here.

Irregular verbs:

The verbs "was, wrote" are irregular past forms. "Was"


is the simple past of "to be"; "wrote" is the simple past
of "write".
More on the simple past of "to be" here.
There is no rule for these verbs. You should learn them
by heart.
The infinitive

The simple past

be

was/were

write

wrote

come

came

do

did

meet

met

speak

spoke

As you can see we can not predict the simple past forms
of these verbs. They are irregular. You should learn them
by heart. Here is a list of irregular verbs.

Te am: simple past tense


Classroom:
group: 206

Integrant:

pineda Orozco venus seleth


luis calleja jessica
pineda Orozco venus janeth
gomez lopez abdieel
lopez Santiago yatziri
Orozco lopez Giovanni
Castillo martinez sarai
Ros zilva Marisol