Simple Past

The simple past or past simple, sometimes called the preterite, is the basic form of the past
tense in Modern English. It is used principally to describe events in the past, although it also has
some other uses. Regular English verbs form the simple past in -ed; however there are a few
hundred irregular verbs with different forms.
The term "simple" is used to distinguish the syntactical construction whose basic form uses the plain
past tense alone, from other past tense constructions which use auxiliaries in combination with
participles, such as the past perfect and past progressive.

Regular verbs form the simple past in -ed; however there are a few hundred irregular verbs with
different forms. For details see English verbs: Past tense.
Most verbs have a single form of the simple past, independent of the person or number of the
subject (there is no addition of -s for the third person singular as in the simple present). However,
the copula verb be has two past tense forms: was for the first and third persons singular, and were in
other instances. The form were can also be used in place of was in conditional clauses and the like;
for information on this, see English subjunctive. This is the only case in modern English where a
distinction in form is made between the indicative and subjunctive moods in the past tense.
Questions, other clauses requiring inversion, negations with not, and emphatic forms of the simple
past use the auxiliary did. For details of this mechanism, see do-support. A full list of forms is given
below, using the (regular) verb help as an example:

Basic simple past:

Expanded (emphatic) simple past:

I/you/he/she/it/we/they helped

I/you/he/she/it/we/they did help
Question form:

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I hate driving fast. But we do not use other adverbials of manner after link verbs. While we use them when we refer to people. We often use phrases with like as adverbials of manner: She slept like a baby. Try these exercises to practice your use of adverbials of manner. Adverbs of manner and link verbs We very often use adverbials with like after link verbs: Her hands felt like ice. He ran like a rabbit. Try these tasks to practice your use of placement of adverbials. Friendly > She spoke in a friendly way. Note: hardly and lately have different meanings: He could hardly walk = It was difficult for him to walk. it is more in the sense of relationship than ownership. gentle > gently If an adjective ends in –ly we use the phrase in a …. The possessive adjectives in English are as follows: Subject Possessive . sudden > suddenly but there are sometimes changes in spelling: easy > easily. way to express manner: Silly > He behaved in a silly way. quiet > quietly. We use adjectives instead: They looked happily happy. A few adverbs of manner have the same form as the adjective: They all worked hard. That bread smells deliciously delicious. She usually arrives late. It smells like fresh bread.Adverbs of Manner Adverbs of manner are usually formed from adjectives by adding –ly: bad > badly. I haven’t seen John lately = I haven’t seen John recently. Possessive Adjectives Possessive adjectives are used to show possession or ownership of something. recent > recently.

Examples  My car is very old.Adjective I My You Your He His She Her It Its We Our You (pl) Your They Their The possessive adjective needs to agree with the possessor and not with the thing that is possessed. Examples: .  Our dog is black. the verb that is used needs to be in agreement with the noun . Like all adjectives in English.  Their homework is on the table. (Incorrect) However.  Her boyfriend is very friendly. (Correct) Ours cars are expensive.if the noun is singular then the verb is singular. Examples:  Our cars are expensive. (Possessive Adjective + Noun) We do not include an S to the adjective when the noun is plural like in many other languages. if the noun is plural then the verb is plural. they are always located directly in front of the noun they refer to.

Solía fumar/fumaba cuando era joven. Used to "Used to" es un auxiliar modal. En español se suele traducir por solía o acostumbraba. (Plural). (Singular) My pens are black. Como verbo modal no necesita del auxiliar "to do" para la forma negativa e interrogativa y puede contraerse en la forma negativa. pero también es frecuente su traducción como pretérito imperfecto del indicativo del verbo que le sigue. My pen is black. Afirmativa Interrogativa used to Ejemplo de conjugación: Forma negativa used not to Negativa corta usedn't to Afirmativo Negativo I used to do I used not to do I usedn't to do You used to do You used not to do You usedn't to do He used to do He used not to do He usedn't to do She used to do She used not to do She usedn't to do It used to do It used not to do It usedn't to do We used to do We used not to do We usedn't to do You used to do You used not to do You usedn't to do They used to do They used not to do They usedn't to do Interrogativo Used I to do? Used you to do? Used he to do? Used she to do? Used it to do? Used we to do? . (Singular) Our children are intelligent. I used to smoke when I was young. (Plural)  Our child is intelligent.

For example. a relative pronoun is similar in function to a subordinating conjunction." which modifies the noun house in the main sentence. In providing a link between a subordinate clause and a main clause. with and without relative pronouns. Compare this with "Jack built the house after he married". the pronoun "that" functions as the object of the verb "built". For more information on the formation and uses of relative clauses. see Relative clause. a relative pronoun does not simply mark the subordinate (relative) clause. Relative pronouns A relative pronoun marks a relative clause. it has the same referent in the main clause of a sentence that the relative clause modifies. where the conjunction after marks the subordinate clause after he married." Here the relative pronoun that marks the relative clause "that Jack built. . but also plays the role of a noun within that clause.Used you to do? Used they to do? Aunque hemos visto que no necesita del auxiliar "to do" para para la forma negativa e interrogativa. That refers to house in the main clause and links two imagined sentences "This is a house" and "Jack built the house". see English relative clause. Not all instances of the word that are relative pronouns. Unlike a conjunction. hoy en día se tiende a usar el auxiliar "to do" sobre todo en inglés americano y se está extendiendo en general al inglés hablado. in the relative clause "that Jack built" given above. An example is the English word that in the sentence "This is the house that Jack built. For detailed information about relative clauses and relative pronouns in English. however. En este caso vemos que "used to" actúa como verbo ordinario y no como modal. but does not play the role of any noun within that clause. where house is the same in both sentences.