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Simple Past Tense

The Simple Past Tense, also known as Past Indefinite Tense, is used to indicate an action completed in the past. It often occurs with adverbs or adverb phrases of past time. For example, 'I received his letter a week ago'. Sometimes this tense is used without an adverb of time. In such cases the time may be either implied or indicated by the context. For example, "I learnt English in England", "I didn't sleep well (i.e. last night)". The Simple Past is also used for past habits; as, 'She always carried an umbrella'.

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Structure of Sentence

Positive Sentence

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Examples

  1. The teacher punished naughty boy.
  2. The students went to school.

Negative Sentence

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Examples

  1. The teacher did not punish naughty boy.
  2. The students did not go to school.
  3. I never saw such small flies before.

Interrogative Sentence

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Examples

  1. Did teacher punish naughty boy?
  2. Did students go to school?
  3. What did she cook?
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Interrogative Negative Sentence

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Examples

  1. Did the teacher not punish naughty boy?
  2. Did the students not go to school?

Rule: Must put Question Mark (?) in the end of interrogative and interrogative negative sentences.

More Examples of Past Simple Tense

Positive Sentences

  1. I watched television.
  2. We read newspaper.
  3. They played football.
  4. You loved swimming.
  5. She cooked food.
  6. He taught English.
  7. It rained in morning.
  8. He studied many hours every day.
  9. Babar defeated Rana Sanga at Kanwaha.
  10. She left school last year.

Negative Sentences

  1. I did not watch television.
  2. We did not read newspaper.
  3. They did not play football.
  4. You did not love swimming.
  5. She did not cook food.
  6. He did not teach English.
  7. It did not rain in morning.

Interrogative Sentences

  1. Did I watch television?
  2. Did we read newspaper?
  3. Did they play football?
  4. Did you love swimming?
  5. Did she cook food?
  6. Did he teach English?
  7. Did it rain in morning?
  8. How did she make it?

Interrogative Negative Sentences

  1. Did I not watch television?
  2. Did we not read newspaper?
  3. Did they not play football?
  4. Did you not love swimming?
  5. Did she not cook food?
  6. Did he not teach English?
  7. Did it not rain in morning?


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List of all English Tenses

Below is list of all English tenses including the structure and explanation of usage of each tense:

Present Tense   →
  1. Present Simple (Indefinite) Tense
  2. Present Continuous Tense
  3. Present Perfect Tense
  4. Present Perfect Continuous Tense

Past Tense   →
  1. Past Simple (Indefinite) Tense
  2. Past Continuous Tense
  3. Past Perfect Tense
  4. Past Perfect Continuous Tense

Future Tense   →
  1. Future Indefinite (Simple) Tense
  2. Future Continuous Tense
  3. Future Perfect Tense
  4. Future Perfect Continuous Tense


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