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Language Tip: Simple Past Tense

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The simple past tense describes an action which started and also ended in the past and which has no connections with present. The simple past tense is often accompanied by a time term which relates to the past: e.g., a year ago, last month, yesterday, etc… image grammar

It is created by using the following:
Positive sentence – subject + verb in its past form.

If a verb is regular then its past form just takes –ed (if such a verb ends by e then only d is added, if a verb ends by a consonant +y, this y will change to i).

You must learn past forms of irregular verbs by heart.

They worked (work) hard.
She bought (buy) a new evening dress last week.

In a negative sentence did not is placed between a subject and verb (in every person). In this case the verb is in its basic form, ie, infinitive without to.

I did not (didn’t) meet them there.
They did not (didn’t) write the test yesterday.

In a question did is placed before a subject (in every person).
In this case the verb is in its basic form: infinitive without to.

Did you do your homework yesterday?
Did he win the match?

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