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bedohave and irregular verbs in the Past Simple

How to use irregular verbs in the Past Simple

Many frequently used verbs are irregular. You will need to learn these by heart, here are some pages to help you:

Most common irregular verbs by type
Irregular verbs – complete list
Verbs easily confused in English

1. be as a main verb

PronounsAffirmative sentencesNegative sentencesQuestions
I, he, she, itwas in work.was not in work.Was I in work?
we, you, theyThey were in work.They were not in work.Were they in work?

2. do as a main verb

PronounsAffirmative sentencesNegative sentencesQuestions
I, he, she, it, we, you, theydid the house work.did not do the house work.Did I do the house work.?

3. have as a main verb

PronounsAffirmative sentencesNegative sentencesQuestions
I, he, she, it, we, you, theyhad a holiday.did not have a holiday.Did have a holiday?

We often use short/contracted forms with these verbs.