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SKILL-UP STUDIO

Past Simple
The simple past is a verb tense that is used to talk about things that happened in the
past or existed before now.

 something that happened once in the past:

I met my wife in 1983.


We went to Spain for our holidays.
They got home very late last night.

 something that happened again and again in the past:

When I was a boy I walked a mile to school every day.


We swam a lot while we were on holiday.
They always enjoyed visiting their friends.

 something that was true for some time in the past:

I lived abroad for ten years.


He enjoyed being a student.
She played a lot of tennis when she was younger.

 we often use phrases with ago with the past tense:

I met my wife a long time ago.

Verb Conjugation & Spelling

For regular verbs, add -ed to the root form of the verb (or just -d if the root form
already ends in an e):

Play→Played | Type→Typed | Listen→Listened | Push→Pushed | Love→Loved

For irregular verbs, things get more complicated. The simple past tense of some
irregular verbs looks exactly like the root form:

Put→Put | Cut→Cut | Set→Set | Cost→Cost | Hit→Hit

For other irregular verbs, including the verb to be, the simple past forms are more
erratic:

See→Saw | Build→Built | Go→Went | Do→Did | Rise→Rose | Am/Is →Was |Are→Were

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Example: to play

Past Simple Negative Interrogative Negative Interrogative


I played I didn’t play Did-I play Didn’t-I play
You played You didn’t play Did-you play Didn’t-you play
He played He didn’t play Did-he play Didn’t-he play
She played She didn’t play Did-she play Didn’t-she play
It played It didn’t play Did-it play Didn’t-it play
We played We didn’t play Did-we play Didn’t-we play
They played They didn’t play Did-they play Didn’t-they play

verbs for practice : to be, to have, to do, to go, to work, to buy, to take, to cook, to
shower, to study, to watch, to miss, to play, to cut, to rise

Exercise -- Convert Into Negative, Interrogative and Negative Interrogative.

1. She _________ (to buy) a new laptop on Thursday.


2. The summers _________ (to get) warmer.
3. He_________ (to do) a Master's in Glasgow.
4. They_________ (to dig) up the road again.
5. He _________ (to make) fun of me.
6. The waiter _________ (to stand) behind the counter with a notepad in his hand.
7. We _________ (to wait) for you.
8. He _________ (to live) in Italy.
9. She doesn’t like to be disturbed when she _________ (to work).
10. That girl _________ (to standing) on the table.
11. My sister _________ (to live) at home for 5 years.
12. Jack _________ (to wait) for the train at the Railway Station.

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