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Simple past

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The simple past is used to talk about a completed action in a time before now. When we tell a story, we usually use the past simple tense. If we say the time or place of the event, we must use the past simple tense.
Regular Verbs add ed to the base form, or -d if the verbs ends with e. Irregular verbs can change in many different ways. 
  • Regular : walked, showed, watched, played, smiled, stopped, waited, loved, wanted, needed etc.
  • Irregular : went,ran,sang bought, caught, began, froze, heard, lost, held etc.


  • He finished his work at six o'clock.
  • She played the guitar when she was a child.
  • He sent me a letter few weeks ago.
  • Peter left five minutes ago.
  • She went to the pub last night.


  • He didn't go the theatre last week.
  • You did not catch the bus last night.
  • She did not feed the horses last night.
  • They did not get the parts they were waiting for this morning.
  • We didn't pass our exams last week.
It's similar to the present simple because it has different rules for the verb 'be', which becomes 'was' or 'were':
  • I was at work yesterday.
  • We were not late.
  • Were you angry?


  • What did you eat for dinner yesterday?
  • Did you play football last month?
  • Where did you get married?
  • What time did you wake up this morning?
  • Did she tell you she loved you yesterday?
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