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Simple Past Tense

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Transcript of Simple Past Tense

SIMPLE PAST TENSE What Is The Function of
Simple Past Tense ? Why do we use past tense
verbs? English has two types of verbs in the past: TO TELL THAT AN ACTION IS
COMPLETED!!! Thank You Nor Hedayah Nurul Atikah Nursyaza Syazwanie Rules to add -ed and -ied For an action that began and ended in the past. How do we form the Simple past tense Regular Irregular Example of past tense verb Walk >> Walked
Study >> Studied
Cry >> Cried
Live >> Lived Teach >> Taught
Give >> Gave
Become >> Became
Do >>Did Add -ed to most verbs
Drop the "e" and add "ed: to verbs that end with "e" (smile >> smiled)
Change the "y" to "i" and add -ed to verbs that end with a consonant and "y".(Carry >> Carried)
Double the consonant and add -ed to verbs that end with one vowel and one consonant (Drag >> Dragged)
Sometimes with irregular past tense verbs you have to change the vowel to make the verbs past tense:
Ex:
Become >> Became
Give >> Gave
Drive >> Drove
Forget >> Forgot Last week Long Ago Recently Onceupon a Time Cont.. Function of simple past tense The dangerous criminal was recaptured after three
months on the run. Ex: • To refer to an action completed regardless of how recent or distant in the past.
Ex:My brother joined the circus as a clown last week •For an action done repeatedly, habitually or at regular
times in the past.
Ex: We saw the movie 'Titanic' several times at the cinema. Cont... • For a state in the past.
Ex: I felt very tired after a couple of games of tennis.

• For a short event or action that comes or follows
one after the other.
Ex: We looked left and we looked right. Then we
crossed the road.

• To place emphasis on what we say, especially in
response to some remark.
Ex: "You didn't seem to help much." "I did help to
clear the room of all the unwanted things." Cont.... • In providing details or information about events
that happened subsequent to news reports which, when first reported, are usually expressed in present
perfect tense.

Ex: Negotiations with the insurgent forces have
broken down. The leader of the insurgent forces
blamed the government for the break down. A
government spokesman said the insurgent forces
made unreasonable demands. • To talk about someone who has died.
Ex: Arthur was a highly respected science-fiction writer. To describe an action that occurred in the past or at a spesified time or the time is easily understood or already implied. We finished our final exam an hour ago. Ex: We use the simple past tense for events
that happened or started and completed
in the past and that have no relation with
the present. Past Present Future Started completed Mohammad Hairy Group members :
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