Past Simple

Learn how to use the past simple, also known as the simple past.  We use the past simple to talk about past actions and events.

In order to use the past simple to speak about the past we need to use the past form of the verb, or V2 as I will call it. If you don’t have a verb list, please reference our free English irregular verb list.  You will see that V2 is in the second column.

Past Simple

Some Signal Words For The Past Simple

Below you can see some signal words that you may use with the simple past verb tense.

Last… (week, year, month, etc.)

In 1990, 1993 …..etc

Yesterday….

Past Simple Form

SUBJECT + V2

(V2 = VERB + -ED for regular verbs. For irregular verbs, please reference our irregular verb list.)

Past Simple Use

We use the past simple to describe a finished action in the PAST.

Past Simple vs Past Continuous

Past Simple Examples

I lived in Italy in 2001.

You worked in a bank last year.

Yesterday, I walked on the beach.

She saw him last week.

The men spoke about politics.

Important details:

Download this free English lesson with exercises!

Let me know if you have any questions.

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Past Simple Practice and Exercises

Look at the sentences below and change them into the past tense. Then make a sentence.

Example: Walk- Walked- I walked to the store yesterday.

  1. listen    ______    _____________________________________________

 

  1. study    ______    _____________________________________________

 

  1. play    ______    _____________________________________________

 

  1. work    ______      _____________________________________________

 

  1. watch    ______    _____________________________________________
Important details:

Download this free English lesson with exercises!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Click here to start your download

Now it’s time for you to use the past simple in some example sentences. Try to make some sentences using the past simple in the comment section below.

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