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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE — Examples
Past Simple

 
 

Sentences using past simple

Past Simple

Tristan painted a picture last week.

Explanation

The action is complete, so use a past tense verb: painted.

Time Expression

last week

Negative

Tristan did not paint a picture last week.

Yes / No Question

Did Tristan paint a picture last week?

Information Question

What did Tristan paint last week?


Past Simple

Penelope answered the letter yesterday.

Explanation

The action is complete, so use a past tense verb: answered.

Time Expression

yesterday

Negative

Penelope did not answer the letter yesterday.

Yes / No Question

Did Penelope answer the letter yesterday?

Information Question

Who answered the letter yesterday?
(Note different pattern with "who.")


Past Simple

Adam cooked dinner for his parents last Christmas.

Explanation

The action is complete, so use a past tense verb: cooked.

Time Expression

last Christmas

Negative

Adam did not cook dinner for his parents last Christmas.

Yes / No Question

Did Adam cook dinner for his parents last Christmas?

Information Question

When did Adam cook dinner for his parents?


Past Simple

Sheila enjoyed the movie last night.

Explanation

The action is complete, so use a past tense verb: enjoyed.

Time Expression

last night

Negative

Sheila did not enjoy the movie last night.

Yes / No Question

Did Sheila enjoy the movie last night?

Information Question

Who enjoyed the movie last night?
(Note different pattern with "who")


Past Simple

Roman checked his luggage 20 minutes ago.

Explanation

The action is complete, so use a past tense verb: checked.

Time Expression

20 minutes ago

Negative

Ryan did not check his luggage 20 minutes ago.

Yes / No Question

Did Ryan check his luggage 20 minutes ago?

Information Question

When did Ryan check his luggage?