Past simple

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Past simple

  1. 1. Past Simple
  2. 2. Positive I walked (regular) you played (regular) he cooked (regular) she listened (regular) it rained (regular) we ate (irregular) they drank (irregular)
  3. 3. In the negative there aren't any irregular verbs. All verbs use 'did not (didn't) + infinitive': Negative Short Form I didn't walk you didn't play he didn't cook she didn't listen it didn't rain we didn't eat they didn't drink
  4. 4. Questions are also very easy. Just put 'did' before the subject, and the infinitive after it. Did I walk? Did you play? Did he cook? Did she listen? Did it rain? Did we eat? Did they drink?
  5. 5. Use of the past simple
  6. 6. Finished events in the past with no connection to the present: Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa. The Vikings invaded Britain.
  7. 7. With a finished time word (yesterday, last week, at 2 o'clock, in 2003): I went to the cinema yesterday. We visited Japan in 2007.
  8. 8. For stories / lists of events: He went to a café, sat down and lit a cigarette. Yesterday I went to the library, met a friend for lunch, and played tennis.
  9. 9. Details of news: I've hurt my leg. I fell off a ladder when I was painting my bedroom. I've been on holiday. I went to Spain and Portugal.
  10. 10. As part of the second conditional: If I won the lottery, I would buy a house in Chelsea. If she knew his number, she would call him.

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