Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

SALC - Here are some suggestions on how to use the SALC to practice and learn languages.

Simple Past Tense

The Simple Past Tense, often just called the Past Tense, is easy to use in English. If you already know how to use the Present Tense, then the Past Tense will be easy.

The simple past expresses an action in the past taking place once, never, several times. It can also be used for actions taking place one after another or in the middle of another action.



The main rule is that for every verb in English, there is only one form of it in the past tense.  For irregular verbs, use the past form (see list of irregular verbs, 2nd column). For regular verbs, just add ed. The exception is the Past tense of To Be, which has two forms: was and were.





Subject + verb   
I wanted.  


Subject + did not + infinitive without to
They didn’t go.


Did + subject + infinitive without to
Did she arrive?

Interrogative negative

Did not + subject + infinitive without to
Didn’t you play?



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Was or Were?

Positive Sentences in Simple Past

Answer Questions in Simple Past

Negative Sentences in Simple Past

Questions in Simple Past

Questions with Interrogatives in Simple Past

Mixed Exercise in Simple Past

Past Simple

Simple Past ☺


Hello! Do you want to practise Simple Past tense but can’t find something interesting and useful to do so?

Here are some links that may help you, click in the images below to get the links! 

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images (1)Past tense sentences, gap fill, questions.

imagesJeopardy Game, simple past.

You choose!

Past Habits

We use would, used to or simple past to talk about past habits:


Would expresses that an activity was routine, typical behavior, frequently repeated; therefore, it cannot refer to past states, except when related to the occurrence of another activity (time-relative activity).

Ex.  We would go to the beach after school.


Use (to) (used in the past tense) expresses that an activity was a past habit; it occurred at an earlier stage of life but not now. It focuses on the habit, not duration or frequency.

Ex. We used to go to the beach after school23848387-cute-owl-cartoon-holding-blank-stick-Stock-Vector-teacher


Simple Past if something happened only once . When we give a period of time, we use past simple, not “used to /would”!!!

Ex. I went to the beach yesterday.



Click here for a more detailed explanation. You can also watch this short video:



Here are some exercises:


Simple past -ED ending Pronunciation

This is a pronunciation challenge for most of our students.

No matter what level of English you are currently studying, you can learn and practice.

To learn how to pronounce the -ed endings in the simple past form of the verbs, you can use the following links:

Watch these videos (first one has more phonetics and longer explanation about each sound):

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Simple Past Games

Here are some online games to practice the simple past.