We use the past simple to talk about actions completed in the past.
- She came back last Thursday.
- I saw her in the building.
- They didn’t agree with me.
It can also be used to talk about a period of time.
- She lived in California for seven years.
- They were in London from monday to friday
You will often find the past simple used with time expressions such as these:
- two weeks ago
- last year
- in 2009
- from May to June
- for a long time
- for 4 weeks
- in the 1990s
- in the last century
- in the past
Negatives sentences look like this:
- I didn’t take it with me
- She didn’t look at her
- We didn’t get any presents
Questions look like this:
- Did you do the homework?
- Did you look at her?
- Did you get any presents?
If you understand the topic already or wanna test your skills, consider doing one or more of these activities
- Matching about the past form of the verbs on Propofs
- Pronunciation of regular verbs in its past form – Practice
- Walt Disney Biography: Listening-Reading Practice with Focus on Verbs in the Simple Past
- Practice of the most common irregular verbs on Quizlet
- Simple Past with Jamiroquai