Form of the Past Simple

How do we form the Past Simple?

We form the Past Simple:

1.1. Affirmative sentences in the Past Simple – regular verbs

  • played football.
  • You played football.
  • He played football.
  • She played football.
  • It played football.
  • We played football.
  • You played football.
  • They played football.

1.2. Affirmative sentences in the Past Simple – irregular verbs

  • went on holiday.
  • You went on holiday.
  • He went on holiday.
  • She went on holiday.
  • It went on holiday.
  • We went on holiday.
  • You went on holiday.
  • They went on holiday.

► Use the same form of the verb every time regardless of the subject.

2.1. Negative sentences in the Past Simple – regular verbs

  • did not play tennis.
  • You did not play tennis.
  • He did not play tennis.
  • She did not play tennis.
  • It did not play tennis.
  • We did not play tennis.
  • You did not play tennis.
  • They did not play tennis.

2.1. Negative sentences in the Past Simple – irregular verbs

  • did not go on holiday.
  • You did not go on holiday.
  • He did not go on holiday.
  • She did not go on holiday.
  • It did not go on holiday.
  • We did not go on holiday.
  • You did not go on holiday.
  • They did not go on holiday.

Use the auxiliary did (Past Simple of do) every time regardless of the subject.

Contracted forms in the Past Simple