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GRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Past Simple

 
 

Definition

The past simple describes events in the past.

Example

   
I walked to work yesterday.

Explanation

Past simple --

  • describes actions completed in the past.
  • uses time expressions to show when the action happened in the past. Examples of time expressions are: yesterday, last week, last year, in 1989.
  • adds "ed" to the verb for regular verbs.
  • has irregular verb forms.
  • uses the auxiliary "did + not" to make negative past simple sentences.
  • uses the same structure as the present simple for questions.

Related Sections

Irregular Verbs
Past Continuous
Past Time Expressions
Present Simple
Questions