English Basics

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple Tense expresses an action that occurred in past.

It expresses the following type past-actions:

→ An action occurred just a little while ago


  • I ate an apple.
  • He caught a bird in the bushes.
  • I met a friend in the market.

→ An action which occurred on regular basis in past.


  • She worked in a factory.
  • The people paid less taxes in past.
  • The Ancients believed in superstitions.

Structure of Sentence:

Main Verb: Past Simple Form (2nd form of verb)

Note: 2nd form of verb is only used in positive sentence. In negative and question sentence, 1st form of verb is used as main verb.

Auxiliary verb: Did

⇒ Positive Sentences

→  Subject + Main verb + Object
→ Subject + Past simple form (or 2nd form of verb) + object


  • I bought a laptop.
  • He applied for a job.
  • I ate my meal.
  • He met me in the library
  • She prepared some tea for the guests.
  • They played the game properly.
  • He asked me a question.
  • You qualified the exam.
  • She laughed to see the joker.
  • She cleaned her room.

⇒ Negative Sentences

→ Subject + Auxiliary verb + NOT + Main verb + Object
→ Subject + Did + Not + Base form (1st form of verb) + Object


  • She did not qualify her exam.
  • He did not find any job.
  • He did not buy a car.
  • They did not go to college.
  • You did not eat the food.
  • I did not help him.
  • He did not come here.
  • She did not make a painting.
  • I did not complete my work.
  • Kids did not like the movie.

⇒ Question Sentences

→ Auxiliary verb + Subject + Main verb + Object
→ Did + Subject + Base form (1st form of a verb) + Object


  • Did you watch that movie?
  • Did she laugh?
  • Did I call you?
  • Did they shift to their new home?
  • Did he bring his document?
  • Did you apply for the new job?
  • Did he meet you?
  • Did they buy a camera?
  • Did she sing a song?
  • Did he come here?

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