Use the Simple Past to express the idea that an action or actions that started and finished at a specific time in the past.
In English you know there are two types of verbs..regular and irregular verbs. We need to know this to form the affirmative form of the action or actions that started and finished at a specific time in the past.
Regular verbs in affirmative sentences: base+ed
e.g. walked, showed, watched, played, smiled, stopped
Regular and Irregular negative and Intrrogative sentences:
- I listened to music last night.
- She smiled at me.
- We finished our homework last Friday.
For the negative and interrogative simple past form of "do" , that is.."didn't" and "did"
- e.g. We didn't do our homework last night.
The negative of "have" in the simple past is usually formed using the auxiliary "did", but sometimes by simply adding not or the contraction "n't".The interrogative form of "have" in the simple past normally uses the auxiliary "did".
- We did not have and exam today
- Did you have an exam today?
Bellow you have a summary box of the uses and forms of this verb tense.
It may be useful for you to see this video:
- Do the following exercises to improve the use of Past Simple:
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- More Exercises: