When I was a kid, I enjoyed building things. I made a lot of model cars, planes, and ships. I also liked going to the beach. Every summer, I spent lots of time swimming and playing at the beach. One day, my parents told me we were going to get a swimming pool. I was so excited!
Today, let’s have a look at the simple past tense in English. Most regular verbs form the past tense by adding ed to the end of the verb:
- work → worked / help → helped / play → played / walk → walked
Verbs that end in e form the past tense by adding d to the end of the verb:
- live → lived / dance → danced / shave → shaved / hope → hoped
Many verbs that end in one vowel + one consonant (except w & y) double the final consonant and add ed to form the past tense:
- hop → hopped / plan → planned / rub → rubbed / stop → stopped /
For verbs that end in consonant + y, change the y to i and add ed to form the past tense:
- cry→cried / study→studied / dry→dried / hurry→hurried
Then, there are a lot of irregular verbs that have special spellings for their past tense form:
- eat→ ate / go →went / put →put /have →had
So what do we use the simple past tense for? Well, we use the past to talk about completed actions at a specific point in time in the past.
- Jack completed his accounting report this morning.
- We went to Miami last April.
- Gloria and Sal got married in 1959.
- The package from the bookshop arrived yesterday.
We also use the simple past when we tell stories:
- A long, long time ago, an old man lived in the mountain. The mountain was near the sea, and few other people lived there.
Now it’s your turn! Try to write a few sentences using the simple past. Write them in the comment box below.
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