Past Tense- Past Simple

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:

  1. Events in the past that are now finished
  2. Situation in the past
  3. 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.


  1. I walked home at lunchtime. – In this example, walk is regular verb, that is why, we have added -ed onto the last word.
  2. 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.

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