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Past simple exercises PDF
Positive statement: I worked, He worked, I draw - He drew
Negative statement: I did not work (I didn't work), He did not work (He didn't work), I did not draw (I didn't draw), He did not draw (He didn't draw)
Question form: Did you work? Did you draw?
Negative question: Did you not work? (Didn't you work?) Did you not draw? (Didn't you draw)
Regular verbs usually end in -ed. This ending is the same for all persons, singular and plural.
Regular verbs have different forms for positive statements (I go - I went, we write - we wrote), but questions and negatives are made in the same way.
The auxiliary verb did is not used with "to be" (Were you a student? He was not happy.), in a specific type of wh- questions and modal verbs.
We do not use the auxiliary did to make indirect questions and reported questions either.
The negative question normally expresses a surprise.
Didn't you know it?
1. We use the past simple for activities or situations that were completed at a definite time.
a) The time can be given in the sentence:
I came home at 6 o'clock. When he was a child, he didn't live in a house.
b) The time is asked about:
When did they get married?
c) The time is not given in the sentence, but it is clear from a context that the action or situation was finished.
He is 20 years old. He was born in Canada.
Alan: I've been to Iceland. - Greg: Did you enjoy it?
2. We use it for repeated activities.
We walked to school every day. - And did you ever go by bus?
3. It is used in stories to describe events that follow each other.
Charles entered the hall and looked around. He took off his coat and put it on a chair. He was at home.
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