2 Use:The past simple is used to express afinished action in the past.Examples:We played volleyball last Sunday.I worked in London from 1984 to 1989.John left two minutes ago.The past tense is often used with time past expressions like: last year, last month, five years ago, yesterday morning, in 1945.
3 The form of the past simple is the same for all persons. Positive:The positive of regular verbs end in ed.Examples:dance - dancedwant - wantedwalk walkeduse used
4 Forming the Past Tense (Irregular Verbs) Although many verbs in English form their past tense with -ED, some do not. These are called irregular verbs, and they include some of the most basic verbs in English. This page will explain some of the most important patterns in forming the past tense. However, the only way to know how an irregular verb will change in the past tense is to learn all of the important verbs.
5 The three most important irregular verbs The three most important irregular verbs are BE, HAVE, and DO.BE is the most difficult, because its forms are different depending on the subject:PronounVerbIHeSheitWasYouwetheyWere
6 Examples:I was a beautiful babyYou were studying at G.L.P two years ago
7 HAVE and DO are more simple: Base formPast TenseHave / hasHadDo / doesDid
8 Examples:He had the best car in 1994They had a beautiful house in CartagenaI did my homework yesterdayHe did a great project for the school
9 Other irregular verbsOther irregular verbs fall into three main categories:CategoryExamplesVerbs which don't changecut - cut hit - hit fit - fitVerbs which change their vowelget - got sit - sat drink – drankVerbs which change completelycatch - caught bring - brought teach - taught
10 There are many common irregular verbs: Examples: hit hiteat ategrow grewmake madebreak brokego wenttake tooksee sawbe is wasare werebegin beganfall fell