Tenses: Past Simple Tense


This posting is intended to teach myself in English. It is taken from learn-english-today.com

I played
You played
He/she/it played
We played
They played
I did not playI didn’t play
You did not playYou didn’t play
He/she/it did not playHe/she/it didn’t play
We did not playWe didn’t play
They did not playThey didn’t play
Did I play?
Did you play?
Did he/she/it play?
Did we play?
Did they play?


  • The Past Simple tense of regular verbs is formed by adding –ed to the infinitive :
    (example:  Infinitive : to play         Past Simple :  I played.)
  • The auxiliary did is used to form the negative and interrogative forms
  • For irregular verbs, please see the irregular verbs table

The Past Simple is used to talk about finished actions in a finished period of time.

More Examples

  1. Yesterday evening, I played tennis with a friend.
  2. In 2005, I started taking tennis lessons.
  3. When I was at school, I hated history.
  4. Five minutes ago, I finished the report for my boss.
  5. Last week I attended a meeting in Tokyo
  6. Yesterday evening I went to the cinema with a friend.
  7. From 1995 to 1998 I worked in Tokyo.
  8. Last night the concert finished at midnight.
  9. I arrived at the office this morning before my colleagues.
  10. When he was young, Tom rode a bicycle to school.
  11. The train was at 8 p.m. so I left home at 7 p.m.
  12. Last Sunday was my mother’s birthday, so I made a cake.
  13. I started to play golf five years ago.
  14. The great composer Mozart died at the age of 35.
  15. Julie did a lot of English exercises last week.

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