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Simple Past

Learn how to make and use the simple past tense in English.
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Jennifer McCoy

on 12 February 2014

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ANSWERS

Last weekend, I was at my grandmother's house.
She was very happy to see me.
I was happy to see her.
My cousins were there, too.
We were together all weekend.
It was a nice weekend.
Past Simple
Now
The Future
The Past
BE
Regular
Irregular
I was
you were
he/she/it was
we were
they were
I wasn't
you weren't
he/she/it wasn't
we weren't
they weren't
Was I?
Were you?
Was he?/ Was she? Was it?
Were we?
Were they?
We put -ed
on the end of
regular verbs
to make
the past simple.
start
play
cook
want
end
finish
open
miss
call
Regular verbs
that end with
d or t
have an
extra
syllable
at the end.
start ed
want ed
end ed
In regular verbs
that end with
a voiceless consonant,
the -ed sounds like t.
cooked
finished
missed
In regular verbs
that end with
a voiced consonant
or a vowel,
the -ed sounds like d.
played
opened
called
In regular verbs
that end with silent e,
just add a d.
liked
saved
smiled
We put didn't
before the verb
to make
past simple negative.
This is the same
for all subjects
and for both
regular and irregular
verbs.
I didn't eat breakfast this morning.
You didn't watch TV last night.
She didn't go to class yesterday.
He didn't play video games after school.
It didn't cost a lot.
We didn't cook dinner last week.
They didn't walk to the store yesterday.
We put did
before the
subject and verb
to make
past simple questions.
This is the same
for all subjects
and for both
regular and irregular
verbs.
Did I see you at the mall last weekend?
When did you do your homework?
Did she buy new shoes for Eid?
Where did he go yesterday?
Did it work?
Did we talk about this last week?
Why did they tell him the truth?
try
hurry
carry
stop
clap
hug
smile
save
like
In regular verbs
that end in
consonant + y,
change the y to i and
add -ed.
In regular verbs
that end in
consonant vowel consonant,
double the final consonant.
carried
tried
hurried
stopped
clapped
hugged
There are many
irregular verbs
in English.
They change in
different ways.
You must study them!

http://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/irregular-verbs-list.htm


http://a4esl.org/q/h/lb/was.html

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simple-past/exercises?04

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simple-past/exercises?05

http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simple-past/exercises?06
Here are some videos to help you learn this:
Let's practice.
Last weekend, I ___ at my grandmother's house.
She ___ very happy to see me.
I ___ happy to see her.
My cousins ___ there, too.
We ___ together all weekend.
It ___ a nice weekend.
Let's practice.
Last weekend, I ___ at home.
My grandmother ___ at my house, either.
My cousins ___ at their house.
We ___ alone.
The weekend ___ boring.
ANSWERS

Last weekend, I wasn't at home.
My grandmother wasn't at my house, either.
My cousins weren't at their house.
We weren't alone.
The weekend wasn't boring.
Let's practice.
Where ___ I last weekend?
Where ___ my grandmother?
Who ___ we with?
How ___ my weekend?
How many cousins ___ together?
ANSWERS

Where was I last weekend?
Where was my grandmother?
Who were we with?
How was my weekend?
How many cousins were together?
Let's try that.
Last weekend, I ___ dinner for my family.
Yesterday, my friends and I ___ for our test.
My sister ___ all of her homework last night.
We ___ the class late yesterday.
cook
study
finish
start
Here are some
common irregular verbs.
Do you know
the past tense?
go
went
do
see
write
drive
come
get
did
saw
wrote
drove
came
got
Let's try that.
Here are some sentences with
regular AND irregular verbs:
Last month, my father ___ me a gift. (give)
He ___ me a new iPhone. (buy)
It ___ a lot of money, but I love it. (cost)
I ___ to cry because I was so happy. (start)
I ___ him "Thank you!" (tell)
My sister ___ "You are so lucky!" (say)
She ___ an iPhone, too. (want)
ANSWERS
Last month, my father gave me a gift.
He bought me a new iPhone.
It cost a lot of money, but I love it.
I started to cry because I was so happy.
I told him "Thank you!"
My sister said "You are so lucky!"
She wanted an iPhone, too.
In English, we have
more than one verb tense to talk about the past.
This presentation will teach you about
the Past Simple tense.
When we use the past simple,
we need to think about:
the verb BE,
regular verbs,
and irregular verbs.
Let's start with
Positive sentences
Negative sentences
Questions
Now, let's look at
Let's look at
Last weekend, I cooked dinner for my family.
Yesterday, my friends and I studied for our test.
My sister finished all of her homework last night.
We started the class late yesterday.
Let's talk about the past...
First, let's look at
Now, let's look at
Now,
We also need to think about:
positive sentences
negative sentences
and questions.
When be is the main verb in the sentence,
we use was or were in the past.
When be is the main verb,
we use wasn't and weren't
to make the sentence negative.
When be is the main verb,
we use was and were to make questions.
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simple-past/exercises?03
verbs
sounds like t
sounds like d
Watch this video to learn about
pronouncing -ed.
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simple-past/exercises?02
verbs

http://classtools.net/widgets/quiz_9/uhrec.htm
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/simple-past/exercises?07
Part 1
Part 2
Part 4
Part 3
Let's try some sentences.
Last night, my sister ____ dinner.
eat
This morning, I ___ the bus to school.
take
When my father was young, he ___ in this city.
live
In 2009, I ___ you.
know
Last weekend, my friends ___ me.
call
Yesterday, it ___.
rain
In 2009, I didn't know you.
Yesterday, it didn't rain.
Last night, my sister didn't eat dinner.
When my father was young, he didn't live in this city.
This morning, I didn't take the bus to school.
Last weekend, my friends didn't call me.
pronunciation rules
spelling rules
Let's try some questions.
Where _______________ your cell phone?
you / put
Why ___________ that terrible joke?
he / tell
How many cookies __________?
you / eat
What color shoes __________?
you / buy
__________ her homework?
she / do
When __________ at the airport?
they / arrive
Where did you put your cell phone?
Why did he tell that terrible joke?
How many cookies did you eat?
What color shoes did you buy?
Did she do her homework?
When did they arrive at the airport?
I hope you liked this presentation!
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=1&type=positive
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=2&type=positive
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=3&type=positive
http://www.english-zone.com/verbs/irrpast1.html
http://esl.about.com/library/beginner/bl_bgspast.htm
http://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb-tenses_past_quiz.htm
Here are some activities to help you practice:
Here are some activities to help you practice:
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=1&type=negative
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=2&type=negative
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=3&type=negative
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=1&type=question
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=2&type=question
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/grammar/exercises?tense=3&level=3&type=question
Here are some activities to help you study:
Here are some more quizzes to help you check your learning.
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/tests/simple-past-1
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/tests/simple-past-2
http://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/tests/simple-past-3
http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/pastsimple/exercise2.html
http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/pastsimple/exercise3.html
http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/pastsimple/exercise4.html
http://www.englishgrammarsecrets.com/pastsimple/exercise5.html
Here are some practice activities to help you learn:
Select "Play" then "Wordshoot" or "Flashcards."
Here is a list of irregular verbs:
Here is a game to help you practice:
by Jen McCoy
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