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Past Simple Verb Tense

What is the past simple tense?
What is the rule of past simple tense?
What is the structure of the past simple tense?
What is the past simple tense of go, run, wait, drive, ride?
How to use past simple tense?
When to use past simple tense?
Why do we use past simple tense?

The Past Simple Tense

1) We use the past simple when we talk about an action which happened at a definite time in the past. The past simple emphasizes that the action is finished. We can also use the past simple to talk about how someone felt about something.

– When was your wedding?
– It was 3 years ago. I was beyond happy to marry the love of my life.
2) The past simple is formed by adding -ed to the bare infinitive of the regular verb. Regular verbs ending in -e simply add -d. All persons have the same form.

He worked part-time as a waiter.
We liked our stay at the hotel.

Regular verbs ending in consonant + -y change -y to -ie.

cry – cried, try – tried

Regular verbs ending with one vowel and one consonant double the final consonant.

stop – stopped, regret – regretted

Irregular verbs are not formed following the same pattern. Use the past tense form of the irregular verb. You can find the list of irregular verbs online.

be – was/were, eat – ate, drink – drank

Note that the past tense form of the verb to be depends on the person of the subject.

I was
we were
you were
you were
he/she/it was
they were

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