Welcome to English grammar spot. This lesson is about the past simple. I am going to show you how the form a past simple and when to use a past simple. But before we get started it’s good to
know that in the English language we have regular and irregular verbs, and it is advisable that you study the most commonly used irregular verbs. Now let’s get started take a look at these sentences. I walked to school yesterday. He paid for dinner last week. Both these sentences are in the past simple tense. How to form a past simple? For the regular verbs we simply use the
infinitve form of the verb and add ‘-ed’. I kicked the ball. You closed the door. He wiped the table. She cooked dinner. It rained yesterday. For the plural forms: We walked to school. You watched the tennis match. They marked the tests. We need to pay extra attention to verbs that end in an ‘-e’ such as live, close and wipe. With these verbs we use the infinitive form of the verb, but we only add a ‘-d’. For example I lived here in 2012. He closed the window. They wiped the floor. We also need to pay extra attention to verbs that end in a ‘-y’. Especially those preceded by a consonant, such as spy, envy and study The consonants being a ‘p’ a ‘v’ and a ‘d’. Here the ‘-y’ changes into an ‘-i’. For example He spied on his neighbours. We envied her cousin. They studied a lot. Now let’s have a look at the irregular verbs, all irregular verbs have a unique past simple form. I built that shed last year, the inifinive form is to build. she taught english in the 1990s the infinitive form is to teach. We ran the marathon in 2012. The infinitive form is ‘to run.’ Let’s have alook at the past simple in questions. For all verbs, regular end irregular, we use the auxiliary verb ‘to do’, but we need the past simple tense which is did and the infinitive form of the verb. Did she talk to him this morning? Did you ride your bicycles yesterday? Did they work on the farm last year? For the past simple in negations, regular and irregular we also use the past simple tense of the auxiliary verb ‘to do’, which is did and we add ‘not’ to it, contracting it into ‘didn’t’. plus the infinitive form of the verb. I didn’t want to come over the last night.
We didn’t to walk to school this morning. They didn’t listen to the radio yesterday. Let’s have a look at the past simple in use. We use the past simple for things that have
happened at a specific time in the past, so we need to know when it happened. For example:
yesterday this morning or in 2009. He left for New York yesterday. We ate our breakfast this morning. They got married in 2009. We also use the past simple in questions after ‘when’. When did you buy that t-shirt? When did you graduate from high school? I thank you for your attention.
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Author Since: Mar 11, 2019

  1. Hi miss, can i ask for 1 question? From what I've known the usage of Past Simple is specific time, while none specific time is Present Perfect, but I saw a lot of sentences using the Past Simple without specific time. eg: "She kicked the ball." , so may I ask is that both Past Simple and Present Perfect are allowed to use without specific time or? and can I ask if my first sentence I use Present Perfect, second sentence if that I must use Past Simple instead of Present Perfect?

  2. Good lesson, but, what about the verb "to be"? This verb does not follow the general rule of "did" in questions and the negative form. I think it would be more complete if you added that information. Bye!

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