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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.

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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.
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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!

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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?
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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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