Past Simple


Positive Subject + verb (past tense (V-ed/ V2))
Negative Subject + did not (didn’t) + verb (bare-inf.)
Question Did + subject + verb (bare-inf.)…?


I bought a new car three days ago.

She didn’t go the school yesterday.

Did you tell your brother about the news?


-We use the past simple tense to talk about:

something that happened once in the past met my wife in 1983.

They got home very late last night.

something that happened again and again in the past


When I was a boy, I walked a mile to school every day.

We swam a lot while we were on holiday.

something that was true for some time in the past He enjoyed being a student.

She played a lot of tennis when she was younger.

*We usually use words such as ago, yesterday, yesterday morning/ afternoon/ evening, last night/ week/ month/ year, the other day, etc. with the past simple tense: She came yesterday.


  1. Put one of these verbs in each sentence:

  buy  catch  cost  drink  fall  hurt  sell  spend teach throw win write

a. Mozart wrote more than 600 pieces of music.

b. ‘How did you learn to drive?’ ‘My father — me.’

c. We couldn’t afford to keep our car, so we — it.

d. I was very thirsty. I — the water very quickly.

e. Paul and I played tennis yesterday. He’s much better than me, so he — easily.

f. Don — down the stairs this morning and — his lag.

g. Jim — the ball to Sue, who — it.

h. Ann — a lot of money yesterday. She — a dress which — $100.


b. taught

c. sold

d. drank

e. won

f. fell … hurt

g. threw … caught

h. spent … bought … cost

  1. A friend has just come back from holiday. You ask him about it. Write your questions.

a. (where/go?) Where did you go?

b. (go alone?) —

c. (food/good?) —

d. (how long/stay there?) —

e. (stay/at a hotel?) —

f. (how/travel?) —

g. (the weather/fine?) —

h. (what/do in the evenings?) —

i. (meet anybody interesting?) —


b. Did you go alone?

c. Was the food good?

d. How long did you stay there?

e. Did you stay at a hotel?

f. How did you travel?

g. Was the weather fine?

h. What did you do in the evenings?

i. Did you meet anybody interesting?

  1. Complete the sentences, Put the verb into the correct form, positive or negative.

a. It was warm, so I _took_ off my coat. (take)

b. The film wasn’t very good. I didn’t enjoy it very much. (enjoy)

c. I knew Sarah was very busy, so I — her. (disturb)

d. I was very tired, so I — to bed early. (go)

e. The bed was very uncomfortable. I — very well. (sleep)

f. Sue wasn’t hungry, so she — anything. (eat)

g. We went to Kate’s house but she — at home. (be)

h. It was a funny situation but nobody — (laugh)

i. The window was open and a bird — into the room. (fly)

j. The hotel wasn’t very expensive. It — very much. (cost)

k. I was in a hurry, so I — time to phone you. (have)

l.It was hard work carrying the bags. They — very heavy. (be)


c. didn’t disturb

d. went

e. didn’t sleep

f. didn’t eat

g. wasn’t

h. laughed

i. flew

j. didn’t cost

k. didn’t have

l. were


The information we used is collected from different sources on the Internet and in English coursebooks.


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