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1 Form (structure) Meaning & Use
SIMPLE PAST TENSE Form (structure) Meaning & Use

2 How do we form the simple past tense . . .?
English has two types of verbs in the past tense: taught walked studied gave became cried lived did irregular regular Regular verbs Irregular verbs regular irregular irregular Look at the following list of past tense verbs… which verbs are regular, and which are irregular? regular regular irregular

3 Regular verbs are verbs that ….
…end with –ed Simple Form Past Tense Walk Study Play Live walk ed studi ed play ed liv ed

4 When I was a child, I ___________ the piano.
For regular verbs, simply use the –ed form of the verb in a positive sentence. When I was a child, I ___________ the piano. Donna ______________ and _______________ in Paris when she was younger. played lived studied

5 For negative sentences,USE
DiD Not verb simple form + or I studied a lot yesterday. Carl didn’t study because he was at the hospital. didn't

6 For interrogative sentences,USE
verb simple form DiD + I studied a lot yesterday. Did Carl study yesterday?

7 The verb be is special. Was + not or were Exception = VERB BE!
Never use DID NOT or DIDN’T with the verb BE. Instead, just use: Was + not or were

8 Meaning & Use in.... last week last month yesterday ago last year
In what situations do English speakers use the simple past tense? Completed actions in the past. What are some common time expressions used with the past tense? in.... last month yesterday last week ago last year

9 Examples: These actions are over, finished!
I talked to Maria yesterday. Last week, we visited our grandparents. They were at a wedding party two days ago. These actions are over, finished!

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