Simple Past Quiz

Manuel Campos


The simple past, also known as the past simple is a tense used to describe completed actions or states that occurred in the past.

The simple past is one of the basic verb tenses in English and is typically formed by adding the suffix “-ed” to regular verbs, while irregular verbs have specific forms.

The simple past is used in various situations, including:

  • We use the simple past to talk about actions or events that happened and were completed in the past. Example: I ate dinner at 7 p.m. yesterday.
  • We used the simple past to describe actions that were regularly performed in the past but are no longer true, the simple past is used. Example: She always walked to work when she lived in the city.
  • The simple past can be used to describe states or conditions that were true in the past. Example: They were happy during their vacation.
  • The simple past is often used to indicate the order of events in the past. Example: I woke up, brushed my teeth, and went to work.

Now let’s check the different types of sentences that you can make with the simple past

Simple Past Sentences

These are examples of affirmative sentences with the simple past

  1. She went to the party last night.
  2. They visited their grandparents over the weekend.
  3. I completed the project before the deadline.
  4. He scored a goal in the soccer match.
  5. We watched a movie at the cinema.

These are examples of negative sentences with the simple past

  1. She didn’t attend the meeting this morning.
  2. They didn’t buy any groceries from the store.
  3. He didn’t finish his homework on time.
  4. We didn’t go on a vacation last summer.
  5. I didn’t see the movie everyone was talking about.

These are examples of closed questions with the simple past

  1. Did you finish reading the book?
  2. Did she go to the gym yesterday?
  3. Did they eat dinner at the restaurant?
  4. Did you watch the basketball game on TV?
  5. Did he pass the driving test?

These are examples of open questions with the simple past

  1. What did you do over the weekend?
  2. How did you feel when you received the news?
  3. Why didn’t you attend the party last night?
  4. Where did you go on your last vacation?
  5. Who did you meet at the event?

Simple Past Exercises


Use the words in brackets to help you complete the statements.


Read the sentences, identify the mistake in them, and click on them.


Listen to the recording and complete the questions.

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