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Date: __________________

CENTRO HELEN KELLER

ENGLISH WORKSHEET PAST


6TH FORM

SIMPLE

FORM
>> We make the past simple of regular verbs with the suffix ed.
e.g. They played football yesterday.
>> To make the negative we put the auxiliary verb did not (the short
form is didnt) before the main verb in its root form. The main verb
does NOT have the suffix -ed in the negative.
e.g. He didnt watch TV last night.
>> In short answers we use the personal pronoun and did or didnt.
We do not repeat the main verb.
e.g. Did you like the film?
Yes, I did.
No, I didnt.

SPELLING RULES
>> With the verbs ending in e, we only add d in the past simple
positive.
dance danced
like liked
>> With verbs endind in a consonant and y, the y goes and we add
ied.
cry cried
study - studied
With verbs ending in a vowel and y, ed add ed as usual.
play played
stay - stayed
>> With single-syllabled verbs ending in a vowel and a consonant, we
double the consonant and add ed.
stop + p = stopped
plan + n = planned

USE
>> We use the past simple to tlk about something that happened at a
specific time in the past.
She finished her homework an hour ago.
He visited Rome last year.
We watched a good film on TV last night.
We listened to music, we danced and then we opened our
presents.
>> We use the past simple with time phrases such as:
- last year, last month, last week, last Monday
- three years ago, two days ago
- yesterday morning, yesterday afternoon
- in 1999, in 2004

GRAMMAR PRACTICE
A. Form the past simple. Then put the verbs in
the right column.
1. finish We
finished
8. tidy
He
...........................
2. stay
They ...........................
9. plan
We
...........................
3. like
I
...........................
10. try
They
...........................
4. cry
He ...........................
11. live
She
...........................
5. stop
It
...........................
12. study We
...........................
6. watch You ...........................
13. answer I
...........................
7. dance She ...........................
14. clap
They
...........................
-ed

-d

-ied

double
consonant +
-ed

finished

B. Choose and write. Use the past simple.


dance
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.

finish

help
like
visit
watch

open

tidy

The game started at 7 P.M. and finished at 9 P.M.


I ........................... my mother in the garden yesterday.
It was hot, so we ........................... all the windows.
The film was fantastic! We ........................... it very much.
Peter and Kiki ........................... Aunt Agatha last Friday.
We ........................... a lot at the party last night.
We ........................... TV after school.
Leslie ........................... her room on Friday.
TIP !!!

C. Form the negative.


1. The game finished at nine oclock.
It didint finish at ten oclock.
2. Mary called me on Tuesday.

In the negative we
use didnt and the
main verb. The
main verb does
NOT
have
the
suffix ed.
e.g.
The game didnt
finish at 10 P.M.
The game didnt
finished
at 10
P.M.

........................................................... on Monday.
3. I studied for a History test.
........................................................... for a Geography test.
4. We watched Asterix and Obelix.
........................................................... Tom and Jerry.
5. They visited uncle Bob.
........................................................... uncle Dave.
6. James stayed in Rome.
........................................................... in Venice.
7. Peter and Stanley played football.
........................................................... basketball.
D. Look and write. Use the past simple.

.......................................................
.............

............................................

.......................................................
....................

.....................................

E. Look at exercise 4. Ask and answer.


1. Kikki / play the piano?
Did Kikki play the piano? No, she didnt.
TIP !!!
2. Nicola / help her mother?
In the question form,
...................................................................................
as in the negative, the
3. Stanley / finish his article?
main verb does NOT
...................................................................................
have the suffix ed.
4. Leslie / cook spaghetti?
e.g.
Did Kikki play the
...................................................................................
piano?.
5. Suzie and Cosmo / stay at home?
Did Kikki played the
...................................................................................
piano?
6. Peter / tidy his room?
...................................................................................
F. Read and complete. Use the past simple.
Stanley: