Simple Past - Special verbs

Simple Past
Summary
Use
Signal words
Form of affirmative, negative sentences and questions
Spelling
Special verbs
Diagram
Pronunciation of the ending -ed
Simple Past - Complex Test 1
Exercises - Simple Past
Exercises - Irregular verbs

Special verbs in the Simple Past

Many frequently used verbs are irregular. You find these words in the appendix of a dictionary or in your English book. You must learn these words by heart.

Have a look at the following lists which can be downloaded and printed. (*.pdf files)

Most common irregular verbs
Irregular verbs - full list
Irregular verbs - Learn effectively

1) have as a full verb
affirmative sentence negative sentence question
every time regardless the subject (I, he, she, it, we, you, they):
I had a book. I did not have a book. Did I have a book?

2) be as a full verb
affirmative sentence negative sentence question
I, he, she, it:
I was in Rome. I was not in Rome. Was I in Rome?
we, you, they:
We were in Rome. We were not in Rome. Were we in Rome?

3) do as a full verb
affirmative sentence negative sentence question
every time regardless the subject (I, he, she, it, we, you, they):
I did an exercise. I did not do an exercise. Did I do an exercise?

We often use short forms/contracted forms with these verbs.

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