Subject + Verb Simple Past + Complement
Subject + Aux (Did not-Didn’t) + Verb + Complement
Aux (Didnot-Didn’t) + Subject + Verb + Complement + ?
Yes, (Subject) did / No, (Subject) didn`t
Use the Simple Past to express the idea that an action started and finished at a specifictime in the past. Sometimes, the speaker may not actually mention the specific time, but they do have one specific time in mind.
• I saw a movie yesterday.
• I didn't see a playyesterday.
• Last year, I traveled to Japan.
• Last year, I didn't travel to Korea.
• Did you have dinner last night?
• She washed her car.
• He didn't wash his car.
We usethe Simple Past to list a series of completed actions in the past. These actions happen 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and so on.
• I finished work, walked to the beach, and found a nice place toswim.
• He arrived from the airport at 8:00, checked into the hotel at 9:00, and met the others at 10:00.
• Did you add flour, pour in the milk, and then add the eggs?
The Simple Past canbe used with a duration which starts and stops in the past. A duration is a longer action often indicated by expressions such as: for two years, for five minutes, all day, all year, etc.
Examples:• I lived in Brazil for two years.
• Shauna studied Japanese for five years.
• They sat at the beach all day.
• They did not stay at the party the entire time.
• We talked onthe phone for thirty minutes.
• A: How long did you wait for them?
B: We waited for one hour.
The Simple Past can also be used to describe a habit which stopped in the past. It can have thesame meaning as "used to." To make it clear that we are talking about a habit, we often add expressions such as: always, often, usually, never, when I was a child, when I was younger, etc....
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