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English Grammar

Past Simple Verb Tense Structure

Positive Statements

subject + main verb + _________.

There are 2 kinds of main verbs used in the past simple tense:

  • regular verbs - add -d or -ed to the end of the verb
subject main verb
verb + -d or -ed
I walked to the store yesterday.
We played football last night.
  • irregular verbs - use V2/Past Simple tense (see irregular verb chart.)
  • subject main verb
    V2/Past Simple tense
    I ate dinner already.
    We came home early last night.

    Negative Statements

    subject +auxiliary verb + not + main verb + _________.

    subject auxiliary verbs
    not main verb
    base verb
    The girls did not go to school today.
    They did not speak to the teacher after class.


    auxiliary verb did + subject + main verb + _________.

    Questions the auxiliary verb "did" comes before the subject

    auxiliary verbs
    subject main verb
    base verb
    Did your sisters do their homework?
    Did you speak to your boss?

    Past Verb Tense Lesson

    Past Verb Tense Chart

    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