Past Simple form,uses,questions,negatives,and examples By Mr.Zaki Badr

Past Simple form,uses,questions,negatives,and examples By Mr.Zaki Badr

Past Simple form,uses,questions,negatives,and examples By Mr.Zaki Badr
Past Simple form,uses,questions,negatives,and examples By Mr.Zaki Badr

Very often the past simple  regular verbs end  in  -ed   

Positive statement in Past simple 

We invited them to our party  yesterday.

Laura passed her examination because she studied very hard.

Questions in simple past

Did you call Joe?

Negative statement in simple past

You did not call Joe.

Irregular verbs in the past like : go – went  (they don't take ed) 

I went to school  yesterday

Irregular verbs are in the infinitive form when asking a question using did 

       Ex:   Did you go to school yesterday?

Past simple uses

USE 1 Completed Action in the Past

simple past completed action by Mr.Zaki 

Use the Simple Past to express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past. 


saw a movie yesterday.

didn't see a play yesterday.

Last year, I traveled to Japan.

Last year, I didn't travel to Korea.

Did you have dinner last night?

 Sometimes, the speaker may not actually mention the specific time, but they do have one specific time in mind.

She washed her car .

He didn't wash his car .

USE 2 A Series of Completed Actions


A Series of Completed Actions in the past simple

We use the Simple Past to list a series of completed actions in the past. These actions happen 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on.


finished work, walked to the beach, and found a nice place to swim.

He arrived from the airport at 8:00, checked into the hotel at 9:00, and met the others at 10:00.

Did you add flour, pour in the milk, and then add the eggs?

USE 3 Duration in Past 

Duration in Past simple

The Simple Past can be used with a duration which starts and stops in the past. A duration is a longer action often indicated by expressions such as: for two years, for five minutes, all day, all year, etc.


lived in Brazil for two years.

Shauna studied Japanese for five years.

They sat at the beach all day.

They did not stay at the party the entire time.

We talked on the phone for thirty minutes.

A: How long did you wait for them?
B: We 
waited for one hour.

Past Facts or Generalizations   

The Simple Past can also be used to describe past facts or generalizations which are no longer true. The use of the Simple Past is quite similar to the expression “used to."


She was shy as a child, but now she is very outgoing.

He didn't like tomatoes before.

Did you live in Texas when you were a kid?

People paid much more to make cell phone calls in the past.

I used to play chess with my friends when I was a kid

The past of the verb to be (am,is) -->   was

 (are) --> were

He,she,it ,I + was   

we,you,they + were  

He was a good man.

They were funny .

She was at home yesterday.

I was well yesterday.

* please note : if you put a verb after was/were ,the verb will take -ing ,and then it will be past continuous,not simple past.

If you have some questions,please ask in a comment below.

Unreal or imaginary things in the present or future.

 We use the past simple to talk about things that are not real in the present or future. So we use it with the second conditional and after words like 'wish'.

If I won the lottery, I would buy a house.

I wish I had more time!


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