Past Simple Tense

Past Simple

Past Simple Tense in English Grammar:          

The Past Simple Tense is also known as the Simple Past or Past Indefinite Tense. We use it to express the actions completed in the past often referring to time. This tense also talks about past habitual actions. It focuses on when an action took place rather than the duration of action.

Past Simple Tense Structure and Formula: (Rules)

Past Simple Tense

‘Be’ forms – was, were are used as main verbs in the Past Simple Tense.

Examples: 

  • I was a teacher.
  • She was not a doctor. 
  • He wasn’t a lawyer.
  • Were we eligible?
  • Weren’t they sportsmen?

‘Have’ form – had is used as the main verb in the Present Simple Tense.

Examples: 

  • I had an Audi car. 2 years ago.
  • She had no Motorbike when she was young. (or)
  • She did not have a motorbike when she was young. 
  • Did they have proper uniforms? 
  • When did they have all facilities?
  • Didn’t we have a complete time-table? 

 

Signal Words:

It is essential to focus on signal words because they help us identify the correct tense in a sentence. The signal words for the Past Simple Tense are:

last night/month/year

yesterday

last Friday/Sunday 

5 minutes ago 

in 1990….,

if sentence type II (If I talked, 

Usage of the Past Simple Tense:

 It is used: 

To express an action completed in the past often referring to time. 

(Adverbials of time like yesterday, last week/month/year, in 2019 etc., are used with the Past Simple Tense).  

   Examples:                                               

  • He did not go to college yesterday.
  • They went to the Cinema last night.
  • Shiva completed his B.Tech., in 2018.

To express an action that took place over some time in the past.

Examples: 

  • Mr. Reddy worked as a principal in Lead India School from 2011 to 2019
  • Jahnavi studied her MS at the University of Cincinnati from 2018 to 2020.

To express an action occurring habitually in the past.

(The verbsused to andwas accustomed to’ are used to describe a habitual action in the past.)  

Examples: 

  • Praveena practised (used to practise) singing daily during the summer holidays.   
  • He used to get up early                                                                              
  • John was accustomed to walking long distances

After the phrases like as if, as though, it is time.    

      Examples:                                                                                                                                                            

  • Raju behaved as if he were the owner of the theatre (He doesn’t own it) 
  • It is high time we left (high is used to emphasize the idea) 
  • He behaved as though he drank too much.

In If-Clause of Improbable Condition (Type – 2).

Examples: 

  • If you attended the class, you would understand the lesson.
  • If you visited Hyderabad, you would visit Ramoji Film City.

The Past Simple Tense Vs. The Present Perfect  

(Refer to the Present Perfect Tense in English Grammar)

The Past Simple Tense Vs. The Past Continuous  

(Refer to the Past Continuous in English Grammar)

The Past Simple Vs. The Past Perfect  

(Refer to the Past Perfect Tense in English Grammar)

 

Recommended Readings:

Introduction to the Tenses

The Present Simple

Present Continuous

Present Perfect

The Present Perfect Continuous

The Past Simple  

Past Continuous  

The Past Perfect  

Past Perfect Continuous 

The Future Simple

Future Continuous  

The Future Perfect  

Future Perfect Continuous

8 comments

  • This post details so much more info than similar blogs, and it’s incredibly useful to me. Will follow you to see more writing from you! can I share this?

  • I do enjoy the manner in which you have framed this specific issue plus it does indeed provide us some fodder for consideration. Nevertheless, through everything that I have experienced, I basically hope as the opinions pack on that people today keep on issue and in no way get started upon a soap box regarding some other news of the day. Yet, thank you for this fantastic piece and although I can not really agree with this in totality, I regard your standpoint.

  • idn poker, idn poker 88, poker idn, idn poker apk, idn play poker, idn poker online, poker idn bonus 20, poker idn play, download idn poker, situs poker idn, idn poker terbaru, daftar idn poker, idn poker 99, situs idn poker online, agen idn poker, poker server idn, idn poker versi terbaru, daftar poker idn, poker idn terbaru, poker idn bonus new member 20, cara daftar idn poker, idn poker play, bonus poker idn, poker idn terbaik, idn poker download, poker server idn play, poker online idn, poker idn bonus new member, cara hack idn poker, masuk idn poker, situs poker idn play, idn poker pulsa, idn poker asia, login idn poker, idn poker nusaplay, agen poker idn, hack idn poker, cs idn poker, poker idn bonus new member 30, idn poker deposit pulsa tanpa potongan, download idn poker pc, idn poker login, idn poker qq, download idn poker apk, judi poker idn, kumpulan poker idn, situs poker idn terbaik, live chat idn poker, poker idn online, idn poker aplikasi, poker online, situs poker online, online poker, poker online terpercaya, poker online 88, judi poker online, dewa poker online, game poker online, poker online cc, texas holdem poker online, situs poker online terpercaya, daftar poker online terbaru, daftar poker online, poker pelangi online, 99 online poker, rajapoker88 situs agen judi poker bandar domino qq online terpercaya, turn poker online, poker galaxy online, texas hold em poker online, situs judi poker online, poker online pakai uang asli, poker online terpercaya 2018, poker online free, poker online terbaik, poker qq online, poker online terpercaya 2019, qq online poker, qq poker online, club poker online, download aplikasi poker online android, poker qiu qiu online, poker 88 asia online, domino poker online, kartu poker online, cara main poker online, daftar poker online terpercaya 2018, agen poker online terpercaya, poker 99 online, poker online indonesia terbaik, cara bermain poker online, poker online indonesia, poker club 88 online, poker online tanpa deposit awal, poker online uang asli bank bni, idn poker online, poker free online, cara membobol chip poker online, poker757 com agen judi poker online terpercaya indonesia, poker online 77, download poker online

  • Incredible points. Great arguments. Keep up the good work.

  • Way cool! Some very valid points! I appreciate you writing this article and also the rest of the website is also very good.

  • it’s really nice and meanful. it’s really cool blog. Linking is very useful thing.you have really helped lots of people who visit blog and provide them usefull information.

  • I love the way you write and share your niche! Very interesting and different! Keep it coming!

  • Admiring the time and effort you put into your blog and detailed information you offer!.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.