Simple Past Tense
The Simple past tense expresses an action in the past taking place once, never or several times. It is also used for actions taking place one after another or in the middle of another action.

Form of Simple Past
Form of Simple Past

For regular verb, just add ed.
For irregular verbs, use the past form.



Use of Simple Past
Use of Simple Past

  • Action in the past taking place once, never or several times. Example: He visited his parents every weekend.
  • Actions in the past taking place one after the other. Example: She came in, took off her coat and sat down.
  • Actions in the past taking place in the middle of another action. Example:  When I was having breakfast, the phone suddenly rang.
  • If sentences type II (If I talked,...) Example: If I had a lot of food, I would share it with you.
     




Signal Words of Simple Past

  • yesterday
  • 5 Minutes ago.
  • in 1445
  • the other day
  • last Friday
  • If sentence type II (If I talked...)