What is the Simple Past Tense?
The simple past is a verb tense that is used to talk about actions/things that have already started in the past and completed in the past. The simple past tense concentrates only on the action that is finished.
Example: Wolfgang admired the way the light glinted off his silver medal.
For regular verbs, add -ed to the root form of the verb (or just -d if the root form already ends in an e). For example, act – acted, close – closed, die – died, end – ended
For irregular verbs, the past tense is not formed by adding the usual -ed/-d. For example, drink – drank, eat – ate, bring – brought. Also, the simple past tense of some irregular verbs looks exactly like the root form. For example, bid – bid, cut – cut, put – put.
Some examples of simple past tense sentences are:
- “I ate cereal for breakfast this morning.”
- “Morganucodon was an early mammal that lived with dinosaurs.”
Simple past tense in negative sentences
In the majority cases, the simple past tense in negative format starts with an irregular verb followed by a past tense verb. For example, “Did you go to the store yesterday?”.
A simple past tense worksheet consists of various exercises which help the children to understand simple past tense clearly. The worksheet contains various sections like filling the blanks, matching the words with correct sentences etc. Children can also analyse and understand the difference between situations that have happened already, and that is happening now.
Conversations will be more effortless once the children understand the difference, and parents can arrange activities by involving them in discussions with children.
A simple past tense worksheet consists of blank sentences, crosswords, matching sentences etc. which is in an interactive manner. BYJU’S provides the simple past tense worksheet in both digital and printable manner.
Frequently Asked Questions on Simple Past Tense?
Can simple past tense express future action?
The simple past tense can only be used for the actions in the past. However, the current ongoing actions that started in the past with the present perfect continuous tense (e.g., “I have been working there for twenty years”) can also be displayed.
Why do we use the past tense?
The past tense in English is used to convey about the past, to talk about hypotheses (when we imagine something).
How do you write in the past tense?
To change a regular verb into its past tense form, “–ed or -d” should be added at the end of the verb. But in irregular verbs, the past tense is not formed by adding the usual -ed/-d.