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Past Simple Verb Tense Chart - Past Tense



What is the structure of the past simple verb tense?

Subject

+

Auxiliary Verb

+

Main Verb

 

did

verb in the base form

Grammar rules for the past simple verb tense:

The main verb in the sentence is:

  • - for regular verbs -ed is added to the verb

  • - for irregular verbs see a irregular verb chart V2/Past Simple

Negative statements

Questions the auxiliary verb "did" comes before the subject
- the main verb stays in its base form

Past Simple Verb Tense Chart

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Subject

Auxiliary Verb

-

Main Verb

 

+

I

 

-

lived

in New york.

We

 

-

played

football.

She

 

-

played

outside.

-

I

did

not

live

in New York.

You

did

not

live

in London

He

did

not

live

in a big house as a child.

?

Did

I

-

receive

a letter in the mail?

Did

you

-

learn

English in school?

Did

she

-

clean

the house everyday or once a week?

Note:The following phrases are often used: