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Intermediate 1 ESOL Grammar: The Correct Tense. The Past Simple. The Past Simple. Use the past simple : to talk about the past when an action has been completed. Last weekend I decided to go to Aberdeen. I travelled by train. I stayed with my sister. The Past Simple.

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The past simple
The Past Simple

Use the past simple:

  • to talk about the past when an action has been completed.

    Last weekend I decided to go to Aberdeen. I travelled by train. I stayed with my sister.


The past simple1
The Past Simple

To form the past simple:

  • add –ed: stayed, walked,

  • add –d if the verb ends in –e: decided

  • double the last letter of some verbs: travel/travelled, stop/stopped.


The past simple2
The Past Simple

Many verbs are irregular:

  • write - wrote

  • go - went

  • see - saw

  • buy - bought

  • take - took

    There are many more. You will have to learn them!


The past simple3
The Past Simple

How do I ask questions?

You should use did + infinitive:

  • Did you see your friend yesterday?

  • Did they arrive safely?

  • Did I leave my book here?

  • Did he enjoy the film last night?


The past simple4
The Past Simple

How do I form a negative?

You should use didn’t + infinitive:

  • They didn’t leave on time.

  • I didn’t see the film.

  • She didn’t go on holiday.

  • You didn’t pass the test.


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