We use the past simple to talk about finished events in the past.
1) The past simple tense of regular verbs is formed by adding –ed to the infinitive of the verb. Thepast is the same for all persons.
Example: I start – I started; she starts – she started.
Spelling rules of the –(e)d form:
1. You normally add –ed at the end of the verb: start - started2. When the verb ends in –e, we only add –d: arrive - arrived
3. When the verb has one syllable and ends with a consonant + one vowel + one consonant, we double the last consonant before –ed:stop – stopped
When the verb has two syllables and the stress is on the last syllable, we double the last consonant before –ed: admit – admitted
4. When the verb ends in one –l, we doublethe –l before –ed: travel - travelled
5. When the verb ends in consonant + -y, the –y changes into –i before the –ed: try – tried
2) The past simple tense of irregular verbs is not formedby adding –ed to the verb. Each verb has its own form and we have to learn these forms.
Example: I drink – I drank; he drinks – he drank.
* Learn the irregular verbs from the list you aregiven and make your own list of regular verbs.
|Affirmative: |Negative |
|1) -(e)d| |
|2) irregular form ||
| |long form: |short form: || |did not + infinitive |didn’t + infinitive |