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Form of Simple Past
Positive Negative Question
no differences I spoke. I did not speak. Did I speak?
For irregular verbs, use the past form (see list of irregular verbs, 2ndcolumn). For regular verbs, just add “ed”.

Exceptions in Spelling when Adding ‘ed’
Exceptions in spelling when adding ed Example
after a final e only add d love – loved
final consonantafter a short, stressed vowel
or l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled admit – admitted
travel – travelled
final y after a consonant becomes i hurry – hurried
Use of SimplePast
action in the past taking place once, never or several times
Example: He visited his parents every weekend.

actions in the past taking place one after the other
Example: He camein, took off his coat and sat down.

action in the past taking place in the middle of another action
Example: When I was having breakfast, the phone suddenly rang.

if sentencestype II (If I talked, …)
Example: If I had a lot of money, I would share it with you.

Signal Words of Simple Past
yesterday, 2 minutes ago, in 1990, the other day, last FridayIf-Satz Typ II (If I talked, …)
Exercises on Simple Past
Was or Were?
Positive Sentences in Simple Past
Answer Questions in Simple Past
Negative Sentences in Simple Past
Questions inSimple Past
Questions with Interrogatives in Simple Past
Mixed Exercise in Simple Past
Pool of exercises
Goldilocks and the three bears: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3
Exercise on the text“Chicago”
Exercise on the text “Oxford”
Irregular Verbs
Simple Past: Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
Grammar in Texts
“The Canterville Ghost” (highlight verbs in simple past)
“Historyof Snowboarding” (highlight verbs in simple past)
Comparison with other Tenses
Simple Past – Past Progressive
Simple Past – Present Perfect Simple
Simple Past – Past Perfect Simple
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