Form of the Simple Past

How do we form the Simple Past?

We form the Simple Past:

  • with regular verbs: infinitive + -ed
  • with irregular verbs: 2nd column of the table of the irregular verbs

1.1. Affirmative sentences in the Simple Past – regular verbs

  • I played football.
  • You played football.
  • He played football.
  • She played football.
  • It played football.
  • We played football.
  • You played football.
  • They played football.

1.2. Affirmative sentences in the Simple Past – irregular verbs

  • I went to the supermarket.
  • You went to the supermarket.
  • He went to the supermarket.
  • She went to the supermarket.
  • It went to the supermarket.
  • We went to the supermarket.
  • You went to the supermarket.
  • They went to the supermarket.

► Use the same form of the verb every time regardless the subject.

2.1. Negative sentences in the Simple Past – regular verbs

  • I did not play football.
  • You did not play football.
  • He did not play football.
  • She did not play football.
  • It did not play football.
  • We did not play football.
  • You did not play football.
  • They did not play football.

2.1. Negative sentences in the Simple Past – irregular verbs

  • I did not go to the supermarket.
  • You did not go to the supermarket.
  • He did not go to the supermarket.
  • She did not go to the supermarket.
  • It did not go to the supermarket.
  • We did not go to the supermarket.
  • You did not go to the supermarket.
  • They did not go to the supermarket.

Use the auxiliary did (Simple Past of do) every time regardless the subject.

Contracted forms in the Simple Past