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Past Verb Tense Chart


Positive Sentences

Grammar rules:

  • the auxiliary verb is not used
    • main verb - regular verbs -ed is added to the base form of the verb
    • main verb - irregular verbs use V2/simple past, see irregular verb chart
subject main verb
past tense
1st person I went to the store
2nd person We went to school.
3rd person singular He ate dinner.
3rd person plural They drove home from work.

Negative Sentences

Grammar rules:

  • the auxiliary verb "did" is added after the subject
  • the main verb stays in the base form
  • "not" is added after the auxiliary verb "did"
subject auxiliary verb not main verb
base verb
1st person I did not want to read a book.
2nd person We did not study for the exam.
3rd person singular He did not talk to the the teacher.
3rd person plural They did not work on the computer.

Questions

Grammar rules:

  • the auxiliary verb is not used
  • the auxiliary verb "did" is added before the subject
  • the main verb stays in the base form
auxiliary verb subject not main verb
base verb
1st person Did I forget to pay the bill?
2nd person Did you clean your room?
3rd person singular Did the dogs go for a walk?
3rd person plural Did the children use the computer?

Past Verb Tense Lesson

Past Verb Tense Structure

Past Verb Tense Exercise 1

Past Verb Tense Exercise 2

Past Simple Tense

Past Continuous Verb Tense

Past Perfect Tense

Past Perfect Continuous Verb Tense