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    Learn English > English lessons and exercises > English test #57005: Past simple (video)
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    Past simple (video)


    A) How to build:                


    ➡️ 1.Affirmation:                                     


    a) Regular verbs: verb stem + -ed

    eg. : play = He played



    b) Irregular verbs: you must learn them by heart.

    Help: Irregular verbs in English.

    eg. : eat = She ate



    c) Verb be :
    2 forms : "was" & "were" (I was.- You were.- He/She/It was.- We/You/They were.)

     

    ➡️  2. Questions & negations:

    Use did .

    Contracted form: didn't.


    a) Regular verbs
    : Did + subject + stem of verb (no -ed)

    eg. : She worked in a bank. = Did she work in a bank? She didn't work in a bank.



    b) Irregular verbs :
    Did + subject + stem of verb 

    eg. : He taught English. = Did he teach English?  He didn't teach English.



    c) The verb be
    : WAS (not), WERE (not)

    Contracted forms: I wasn't - You weren't.

    eg. : Were you there? No, I wasn't there.

     

    ➡️ 3. Spelling:

    a) Verbs ending in -e => V + -d :

    eg. : love => loved


    b) Verbs ending in: consonant + -y => -ied :

    eg. : hurry => hurried


    c) Verbs ending in: one vowel + a consonant :

    double consonants:

    eg. : slip => slipped

     


     B) Main use :

     - For past, dated actions.

    A break with the present time.

     eg. : He lived in London when he was a child. 



    C) Pronunciation of the final -ED : 

    You can see here for the pronunciation:  test



      Exercise : Use the past simple.






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    1. I (go) to Brighton last year.

    2. She (write) to her friend Kevin yesterday.

    3. Yesterday, he (play) football with Julien.

    4. I (speak) to my uncle on the phone last week.

    5. Mary (buy) a present for Camilla 2 days ago.

    6. My mother (be) there yesterday.

    7. You (see) Maeva too when you went shopping.

    8. Did your mother (drive) you to school last Monday?

    9. He (bring) sweets for the pupils 2 weeks ago.

    10. I (work) in this supermarket when I was 16.

    11. He (leave) five minutes ago.

    12. Sylvia (teach) Spanish some years ago.










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