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Simple Past Tense

In the Simple Past tense, the action is simply mentioned and understood to have taken place in the past. The action started and ended sometime in the past but the time may or may not be mentioned.

POSITIVE STATEMENTS

SUBJECT

VERB (in past form)

REST OF THE SENTENCE

I

played

cricket yesterday.

You

played

cricket yesterday.

He

played

cricket yesterday.

Mohan

played

cricket yesterday.

The boy

played

cricket yesterday.

She

played

cricket yesterday.

Pooja

played

cricket yesterday.

The girl

played

cricket yesterday.

We

played

cricket yesterday.

You

played

cricket yesterday.

They

played

cricket yesterday.

The children

played

cricket yesterday.

For making positive statements in the simple past tense, notice how we use the verb in the past form for all subjects.

NEGATIVE STATEMENTS

SUBJECT

DIDN’T (DID NOT)

VERB (in base form)

REST OF THE SENTENCE

I

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

You

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

He

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

Mohan

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

The boy

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

She

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

Pooja

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

The girl

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

We

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

You

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

They

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

The men

didn’t

talk

to Mohit last week.

For making negative statements in the simple past tense, notice how we use ‘didn’t’ or ‘did not’ and the verb in the base form for all subjects.

INTERROGATIVE STATEMENTS / QUESTIONS

DID

SUBJECT

VERB (in base form)

REST OF THE SENTENCE

Did

I

complete

the work?

Did

you

complete

the work?

Did

he

complete

the work?

Did

Mohan

complete

the work?

Did

the boy

complete

the work?

Did

she

complete

the work?

Did

Pooja

complete

the work?

Did

the girl

complete

the work?

Did

we

complete

the work?

Did

you

complete

the work?

Did

they

complete

the work?

Did

the men

complete

the work?

For making questions in the simple past tense, notice how we use ‘did’ and the verb in the base form for all subjects.