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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #98210: Past simple
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    Past simple

    Hello learners!


    The past simple tense is used to express actions that happened and finished in the past.


    When to use  the past simple tense?

    • To talk about  daily routine in the past(that we used to).
    • To talk about finished events or situations at one particular time in the past.
    • To tell a story.

    Examples :

    1.      1. When I was ten, I went to the theatre every Monday. (daily routine in the past)

      .     2.In 1999, Jennifer lived in Italy .(situation in the past at one particular time) 

    3.     3. Once upon a time,there was an old poor man who liked cooking delicous meals.(story).

    Which time expressions refer to the past simple tense ?

    Yesterday,yesterday  (at 7 p.m/morning/afternoon/...), last(month /day /Monday /year/summer/),ago,in1980,in 2000 , 

    • Remember to  learn your irregular verbs by heart and  to add the ending 'ed' to the regular verbs !

    Let's move to the exercise, now !Are you ready? 

    **Put the verbs in brackets in the simple past tense:

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    1. In 2007, Mary (to work) as a clown doctor.
    2. She always (to finish) her work at 9 p.m.
    3. (you/miss)your parents?
    4. Yes,I (do).
    5. This morning at 8 a.m., I (to take) my dog Rocky for a walk.
    6. Agatha Christie (to die) in1976.
    7. How many novels and plays (she/write)?
    8. One day, the king of the jungle was so sick that he (can/not/move) at all.
    9. (you/feel) the earthquake yesterday morning at 6 o'clock?
    10. Kate's baby (to cry) all night. I think he was a little bit ill.

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