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Simple Past (Past Simple)

[pic][pic]Exercises on Simple Past


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.


Form of Simple Past

|  |Positive |Negative |Question |
|no differences |I spoke. |Idid not speak. |Did I speak? |


For irregular verbs, use the past form (see list of irregular verbs, 2nd column). 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 consonant after ashort, stressed vowel |admit – admitted |
|or l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled |travel – travelled |
|final y after a consonant becomes i |hurry – hurried |


Use of Simple Past
• action in the past taking place once, never or several times
Example: He visited his parents every weekend.

• actions in the past takingplace one after the other
Example: He came in, 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 sentences type 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, theother day, last Friday
• If-Satz Typ II (If I talked, …)



Exercise on Simple Past
Principio del formulario
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Exercise on positive sentences

Write positive sentences in simple past.

1. he / the question / answer [pic]
2. you / a question / ask [pic]
3. the dog / bark [pic]
4. they / us / call [pic]
5. we / a mountain / climb [pic]
6. John / stamps / collect [pic]
7.we / in London / live [pic]
8. I / hungry / be [pic]
9. they / a hamster / have [pic]
10. he / to school / go [pic]
Final del formulario



Exercise on Simple Past
Principio del formulario
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Exercise on negative sentences

Rewrite the sentences in the negative.

1. They collected postcards. → [pic]
2. You jumped high. → [pic]
3. Albert played squash. → [pic]
4. Theteacher tested our English. → [pic]
5. Fiona visited her grandma. → [pic]
6. He washed the car. → [pic]
7. You were thirsty. → [pic]
8. He had a computer. → [pic]
9. I bought bread. → [pic]
10. You saw the house. → [pic]
Final del formulario



Exercise on Simple Past
Principio del formulario
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Have a look at James's last week's diary and answer the questions in completesentences. Put the time expression at the end of the sentence.


|Mon |Tue |Wed |Thu |Fri |Sat |Sun |
|  |cinema |tennis |English |Italian restaurant |  |  |


1. When was his English course? → [pic]
2. When did he go shopping? → [pic]
3. When did he buy flowers? → [pic]
4. When was his meeting?→ [pic]
5. When did he play football? → [pic]
6. When did he go to the Italian restaurant? → [pic]
7. When did he ring Jane? → [pic]
8. When did he go to the cinema? → [pic]
9. When did he play tennis? → [pic]
10. When was the concert? → [pic]
11. When did he go sailing? → [pic]
Final del formulario




Capítulo 9:
 Pasado Simple (past simple). Verbos regulares

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Se utiliza para referirse a acciones que se desarrollaron en el pasado y que hace ya algún tiempo que finalizaron. Su equivalente en castellano es el pretérito indefinido:
I studied English.    Yo estudié inglés (fue una actividad que realicé en el pasado y que ya finalizó)
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