Simple Past Tense
Loved. You can’t use it in the past tense. Death does not stop that love at all.-Ken Kesey
Use: The past tense in English is used in the following cases:
- Events in the past that are now finished
- Situation in the past
- A series of actions in the past
Key: Subject + Verb (past form). You form the simple past of a verb by adding -ed onto the end of a regular verb but, irregular verb forms have to be learnt.
- I walked home at lunchtime. – In this example, walk is regular verb, that is why, we have added -ed onto the last word.
- I chose to remain silent.- In this example, Chose is a Irregular verb, that is why , we have used the past simple of choose.
1. Events in the past that are now finished
- I danced like a crazy last night.
- She learned french for 3 months.
- I sped the car and reached the venue at 8.00P.M.
2. Situation in the Past:
- I lived in India for 10 years.
3. A Series of actions in the past.
- He entered the room, danced like crazy and left the room.
Questions and negative sentences are a little more difficult, because they require an auxiliary verb.
Questions: Did+Subject+verb(Present form)
- Did+ you + know it.
- Did + the telephone + ring.
Negative sentence: Subject + Didn’t +verb(present form)
- He didn’t learn dance.
- He didn’t speak polite when he was a kid.