The Past Simple

What is The Past Simple?

In this chapter, we’ll dive into the world of “The Past Simple” tense. Imagine stepping into a time machine that takes you to the past, allowing you to tell stories about things that happened before now. 

1. Introducing “The Past Simple”

Think of “The Past Simple” as a window to the past. It helps us talk about actions that happened and were completed in the past. Let’s learn how to open this window:


Subject + past tense of the verb

2. Using “The Past Simple”

Picture yourself painting a picture of the past with words. “The Past Simple” helps you describe events and actions that happened before now.

3. Positive Sentences

When you want to talk about something that happened and ended in the past, use “The Past Simple” structure.


I played soccer yesterday.

She read a great book last week.

4. Negative Sentences

To say that something didn’t happen in the past, add “did not” (shortened as “didn’t“) before the base form of the verb.


We did not watch that film. (or We didn’t watch that film.)

He did not finish his puzzle. (or He didn’t finish his puzzle.)

5. Questions

To ask about past actions, start with “did,” then add the subject and the base form of the verb.


Did you visit the museum yesterday?

Did she eat ice cream at the party?

6.  Exploring Past Adventures

“The Past Simple” lets you step into the shoes of people from the past. It helps you tell stories and share adventures from before.


We hiked in the mountains last summer. (The hiking is over.)

He played his guitar at the talent show. (The guitar playing happened and ended.)

7. Practice Time

Practice sharing stories of your experiences using “The Past Simple” tense. Imagine you’re a time traveller, recounting your adventures!


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