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Grammar: Past Simple (Pre-intermediate B1)

We use the past simple to talk about completed actions and situations in the past.
I went to Greece last summer. It was amazing
I didn’t want to leave.
Where did you stay?
The form of the past simple is the same for all persons.

In positive statements, regular verbs have ed endings:
I decided yesterday.
We played volleyball on the beach.
However, many common verbs are irregular:
go > I went there last year.
have > We had a lot of fun.
see > She saw Macchu Picchu.

To form negative statements and questions, we use the auxiliary verb did.

 I / You / We / They / He / She / It
-I didn't go there.
Y/N?Did you have fun?
Yes, I did. I No, I didn't.

be doesn’t have the same form as other verbs:

 I / He / She / ItYou / We / They
+The weather was great.The shops were near the beach.
-I wasn't very happy.We weren't tired.
Y/N?Was your trip good?
Yes, it was. / No, it wasn't.
Were you late for your class?
Yes, we were. / No, we weren't.

We often use these time expressions with the past simple:
I drove to London last week / year
two days ago.
when I was a child.
They come at the beginning or the end of a sentence:
When I finished school, I went to university.
I went to Mexico two years ago.

SPELLING: verb + -ed

Most verbs
play watch show
+ -ed
played watched
showed
Emling in -e
Iive phone agree love
+ -d
lived phoned agreed
loved
Stressed vowel + consonant
(not w, x, y)
stop plan prefer
2x consonant and + -ed
stopped planned
preferred
Consonant -y
marry study try
- -y, + -ied
married studied tried worried

Past Simple Practice

June 21, 2019

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