Today I am going to do the simple past tense.
I am going to use my own book to write about this tense.
SIMPLE PAST TENSE
- You will learn to form the simple past tense in the positive
To form the simple past tense with regular verbs, add –ed to the present.
You use this when the action is completed.
e.g. I danced last night.
The action took place last night and is completed.
Two important irregular verbs
THE VERB – TO BE
|I was||We were|
|You were||You were|
|He was||They were|
|I had||We had|
|You had||You had|
|He had||They had|
- You will learn to form the simple past tense in the negative.
To form the negative in the simple past tense you put ‘did not’ or ‘didn’t’ before the Infinitive without ‘to’
|did not +||infinitive||Contracted Version|
|I did not||eat||I didn’t eat|
|He/she/you/we/they did not||drink||He/she/you/we/they didn’t drink|
‘I did not ate’ is wrong.
Exception : the verb ‘to be’
|SINGULAR||Contracted Form||PLURAL||Contracted Form|
|I was not||I wasn’t||We were not||We weren’t|
|You were||You weren’t||You were not||You weren’t|
|He was not||He wasn’t||They were not||They weren’t|
|She was not||She wasn’t|
|It was not||It wasn’t|
Here is a more detailed study from http://www.perfect english grammar.com
|1||Finished events in the past with no connection to the present:
Leonardo painted the Mona Lisa.
|2||With a finished time word (yesterday, last week, at 2 o’clock, in 2003):
I went to the cinema yesterday.
|3||For stories / lists of events:
He went to a café, sat down and lit a cigarette.
|4||Details of news:
I’ve hurt my leg. I fell off a ladder when I was painting my bedroom.
|5||As part of the second conditional:
If I won the lottery, I would buy a house in Chelsea.
Here are some you tube simple past videos.
I hope that you enjoy this lesson and that everyone is aware of when and how to use the past tense.
Have a great day. See you tomorrow.