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English Grammar

Past Verb Tense Chart


Positive Sentences

Subject + Main Verb + _________.

Grammar Rules:

  • Main Verb:
    • Regular Verbs - -ed is added to the base form of the verb.
    • Irregular Verbs - use V2/simple past, see irregular verb chart.
Regular Verbs
Subject Main Verb
1st Person I walked to the store yesterday.
2st Person We played football last night.
3st Person Singular She played football last night.
3st Person Plural The girls watched moves last night.


Irregular Verbs
Subject Main Verb
1st Person I ate dinner already.
2st Person We came home early last night.
3st Person Singular Tammy fell and broke her leg.
3st Person Singular My sisters brought me food last week.


Negative Sentences

Subject + Auxiliary Verb + Not + Main Verb + _________.

Grammar Rules:

  • Auxiliary Verb- "did" is added after the subject.
  • "Not" - is added after the auxiliary verb "did".
  • Main Verb - the main verb stays in the base form.
Subject Auxiliary Verb Not Main Verb
1st Person I did not walk to school yesterday.
2st Person We did not play football last night.
3st Person Singular Tom did not go to work last week.
3st Person Plural Tom and Tim did not call me this morning.


Questions

Auxiliary Verb + Subject + Main Verb + _________.

Grammar Rules:

  • Auxiliary verb- the past tense of the (to be) "did" is used.
  • Subject - the subject comes after the auxiliary verb "did".
  • Main Verb - stays in the base form.
Auxiliary Verb Subject Main Verb
1st person Did I forget to pay the bill?
2nd person Did you clean your room?
3rd person singular Did the teacher come to school today?
3rd person plural Did the children use the computer last night?

Past Verb Tense Lesson

Past Verb Tense Exercise 1

Past Verb Tense Exercise 2

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense Chart

Past Simple Tense Exercise 1

Past Simple Tense Exercise 2

Past Simple Tense & Present Perfect Tense

Past Continuous Tense