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Simple Past

Simple Past
[VERB+ed] or irregular verbs Examples: You called Debbie. Complete List of Simple Past Forms USE 1 Completed Action in the Past Use the Simple Past to express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past. I saw a movie yesterday. USE 2 A Series of Completed Actions We use the Simple Past to list a series of completed actions in the past. I finished work, walked to the beach, and found a nice place to swim. USE 3 Duration in Past The Simple Past can be used with a duration which starts and stops in the past. I lived in Brazil for two years. USE 4 Habits in the Past The Simple Past can also be used to describe a habit which stopped in the past. I studied French when I was a child. USE 5 Past Facts or Generalizations The Simple Past can also be used to describe past facts or generalizations which are no longer true. She was shy as a child, but now she is very outgoing. IMPORTANT When-Clauses Happen First When I paid her one dollar, she answered my question. Example:

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Handbook | Simple Past Tense Grammar Rules The simple past refers to things that have already happened, and are finished doing their thing. World War II was from 1939-1945. Mom cooked supper. I did the dishes. Margaret aced her math exam. Regular Verbs Regular verbs are changed to the simple past by adding ‑ed to the end of the root form. Play – playedType – typedListen – listenedPush – pushedLove – loved Irregular Verbs Irregular verbs follow no pattern when they change to the simple past tense. See – sawBuild – builtGo – wentDo – did Leap – leaptRise – roseDig – dug Some verbs don’t change from their present form. Put – putCut – cutSet – setCost – costHit – hit

9 Forms of the Past Tense by Mark Nichol Multiple variations of past tense that employ regular verbs occur in English. Explanations of the distinctions follow. 1. A sentence in the simple-past form describes an event that occurred in the past: “They agreed with us.” “They did not agree with us.” “Did they agree with us?” Notice that in the first sentence, the verb form of agree is in past tense, but in the other examples, did does the heavy lifting of indicating the tense, so agree remains in present tense. 2. Past-progressive statements and questions describe something that began in the past and continued to occur for a time before stopping: “They were agreeing with us.” “They were not agreeing with us.” “Were they agreeing with us?” 3. This tense form applies to events that began at a time preceding a period in the past: “They had agreed with us.” “They had not agreed with us.” “Had they agreed with us?” 4. “They had been agreeing with us.” “They had not been agreeing with us.” “Had they been agreeing with us?” 5. 6. 7. 8.

CyberGrammar Homepage Present Continuous [am/is/are + present participle] Examples: You are watching TV. Are you watching TV? You are not watching TV. Complete List of Present Continuous Forms USE 1 Now Use the Present Continuous with Normal Verbs to express the idea that something is happening now, at this very moment. You are learning English now. USE 2 Longer Actions in Progress Now In English, "now" can mean: this second, today, this month, this year, this century, and so on. Examples: (All of these sentences can be said while eating dinner in a restaurant.) I am studying to become a doctor. USE 3 Near Future Sometimes, speakers use the Present Continuous to indicate that something will or will not happen in the near future. I am meeting some friends after work. USE 4 Repetition and Irritation with "Always" The Present Continuous with words such as "always" or "constantly" expresses the idea that something irritating or shocking often happens. She is always coming to class late. REMEMBER Non-Continuous Verbs/ Mixed Verbs

Simple Past Rules Here you can find tables with Simple Past rules on: positive sentences, negative sentences and questions. English Modal Verbs: check out our new series of illustrated workbooks! Are you a teacher? Save yourself time and effort. Get the Step-by-Step Guide to the Simple Past Tense. It includes all the materials and worksheets you need to teach this tense effectively. Positive Sentences Click here to find out about regularverbs and irregular verbs Click here to find out how to add ed to a verb Negative Sentences Question Sentences So these are the Simple Past Rules. What's Next? The Past Simple Tense Spelling Tip Regular verbs in the past simple Add ed to most verbs. Ex. talk > talked , employ > employedIf a short verb ends with a consonant-vowel-consonant, double the last letter and then add ed. The past simple tense is quite straightforward. We use the past simple to describe an action that started in the past and ended in the past. I visited a client in London yesterday.She planned the event all by herself. The most common time expressions used for the past simple are: yesterday, a week (month, year) ago, last (month, year, weekend, Monday) night, the day before yesterday, two days (months, years) ago. Forming the Past Simple The past simple is usually formed by adding d, ed, or ied to the base form of the verb, however, in English there are many irregular verbs that take on a completely different form in the past tense. Negative Sentences in the Past Simple Tense To create a negative sentence in the past simple, use didn’t (did not) + the base form of the verb. Answers: Positive

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