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English tenses
Simple past

 01 Simple Past - to be
 02 Simple Past - to be
 03 Simple Past - to be
 04 Simple Past regular verbs
 05 Simple Past regular verbs
Irregular verbs
 06 past irregular verbs
 07 past irregular verbs
 08 simple past questions
 09 simple past questions
 10 simple past questions
 11 crossword Simple Past
 12 crossword Simple Past
 13 crossword Simple Past
 14 crossword Simple Past
 15 crossword Simple Past
 16 past - present crossword
 17 past - present crossword

English Tenses
 Simple Present Tense
 Simple Past Tense
 Present Perfect
 Past Perfect
 Future 1
 Future Perfect

 Continuous Tenses
 Present Continuous
 Past Continuous
 Present Perfect Progr.
 Past Perfect Continuous
 Future 1 Continuous
 Future Perfect Continuous
Comparison of Tenses
If clauses - Conditional
Active Passive exercises
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Simple Past grammar rules

Simple Past tense - Learning English


Simple Past


The Simple Past describes things, that happened one after another in the past.


Examples: Simple Past


First Bob read a book, then he went to bed yesterday night.

Last week I came to a church and then I took the road right.


Simple Past: Actions that happened at a specific time in the past.


Examples: Simple Past tense: 


I got a present yesterday.

I had in great time in America last year.


Simple past regular verbs


Add -ed to the regular verb. look - looked, watch - watched,

Some verbs you need to change a bit.


Verb ending in... Add ... Examplee
-e only add -d live - lived
date - dated
Consonant +y Change y to i an add -ed carry - carried
cry - cried
1 vowel + 1 consonant

Double consonant and

add -ed

stop - stopped


Simple past irregular (not regular) verbs


Some verbs are not regular. You have to learn them by heart.


Example: Simple Past tense - irregular verbs: 


begin - began

break - broke

come - came

drink - drank


fall - fell

forget - forgot

get -  got

speak - spoke


Simple past signal words


Simple past signal words: ago, in 2011, in 1999, ... last month, last week, last year, yesterday


Examples: Simple Past signal words


I ate oranges last year.

We went to school eyery day in 1999.

He took his dog for a walk a month ago.


Simple past- questions


To form a question: 'did' + subject + infinitive.


Examples: questions Simple Past 


I ate oranges in 2011. Did I eat oranges in 2011?

We went to school last week. Did we go to school last week?

He took his dog for a walk last week. Did he take his dog for a walk last week?


Simple past negative


Negative sentences Simple Past


Examples: Simple Past negative


I knew Covent Garden?   I did't know Covent Garden.

We went to school eyery day.  We didn't go to school every day.

He took his dog for a walk.  He didn't take his dog for a walk.



English Tenses exercises
Simple Present Tense
Simple Past Tense
Present Perfect
Past Perfect
Simple Future - Will Future
Continuous Tenses
Comparison of Tenses
Active and Passive Voice
If clauses - conditionals
Reported Speech

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Simple Past - English grammar rules


Simple Past and the rules of sentence structure. English grammar: Simple Past. An introduction form of the Simple Past, exceptions in spelling, short forms of the Simple Past, use, signal words, summary and exercises. Matching exercises, quizzes and riddles for the Simple Past.


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