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Grammar and StructureGRAMMAR & STRUCTURE
Past Simple



The past simple describes events in the past.


I walked to work yesterday.


Simple past:

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

Related Sections

Past Continuous
Past Time Expressions