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||+ did not||+ infinitive without to|
|Did||+ subject||+ infinitive without to|
|Did not||+ subject||+ infinitive without to|
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