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PAST SIMPLE exercises


Interactive exercises with past simple tense.

  1. affirmative sentences writing exercise
  2. negative sentences writing exercise
  3. questions writing exercise
  4. affirmative sentences multiple choice exercise
  5. negative sentences multiple choice exercise
  6. questions multiple choice exercise
  7. past simple random exercise (multiple choice)

ABOUT PAST SIMPLE

The past simple tense is used to talk about a completed action in a time before now. The simple past is the basic form of past tense in English. The time of the action can be in the recent past or the distant past and action duration is not important. Statement of past simple must be used with irregular verbs or regular with -ed. Important!!! : To create clear and good setnences with past simple you MUST to learn irregular verbs (by rote).

Here are the rules: Subject + verb in past form (irregular, go-went or verb with - ed, work-worked).

Sentences - e. g.
She worked yesterday.
She went to school yesterday.

To form the negative of a sentence in the Simple Past you need to use the past form of the auxiliary verb do – that is did - negative form of did is did not - didn't (shorter way) REMEMBER!!! If you have didn't you mustn't add an irregular verb or regular with - ed to the sentence.

Here are the rules : subject + did not (didn't).

Sentences - e. g.
I did not play foootball yesterday. / Short way: I didn't play football yesterday.

Past simple question form use did and the verb, but don’t change the verb to the past form!

Here are the rules: Did + subject + verb + ? (verb 1st form)

Sentences - e. g.
Did you have a nice weekend?
What did you learn at school yesterday?
When did you see the film?

Be careful! We usually add time words at the end.

Did you play a game yesterday?
What did you have for dinner last night?

VERB PLAY in PAST SIMPLE
AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE QUESTIONS
I I played I didn't play Did I play?
He, She, It He played
She played
It played
He didn't play
She didn't play
It didn't play
Did he play?
Did she play?
Did it play?
We, You, They We played
You played
They played
We didn't play
You didn't play
They didn't play
Did we play?
Did you play?
Did they play?

VERB GO in PAST SIMPLE
AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE QUESTIONS
I I went I didn't go Did I go?
He, She, It He went
She went
It went
He didn't go
She didn't go
It didn't go
Did he go?
Did she go?
Did it go?
We, You, They We went
You went
They went
We didn't go
You didn't go
They didn't go
Did we go?
Did you go?
Did they go?

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