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Intermediate 1 ESOL Grammar: The Correct Tense
The Past Simple
The Past Simple Use the past simple:
to talk about the past when an action has been completed. Last weekend I decided to go to Aberdeen. I travelled by train. I stayed with my sister.
The Past Simple To form the past simple: add –ed: stayed, walked,
add –d if the verb ends in –e: decided double the last letter of some verbs: travel/travelled, stop/stopped.
The Past Simple Many verbs are irregular: write - wrote go - went
see - saw buy - bought take - took There are many more. You will have to learn them!
The Past Simple How do I ask questions?
You should use did + infinitive: Did you see your friend yesterday? Did they arrive safely? Did I leave my book here? Did he enjoy the film last night?
The Past Simple How do I form a negative?
You should use didn’t + infinitive: They didn’t leave on time. I didn’t see the film. She didn’t go on holiday. You didn’t pass the test.
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