100 Sentences of Simple Past Tense

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The past simple tense, sometimes also called the preterite, expresses a completed action in the past. In English, it is the basic kind of past tense. The action could have taken place in the recent or distant past, and it does not matter how long it lasted or took place.

To help you get better at forming the past tense, we have prepared over 100 examples of past simple sentences.

100 sentences of simple past tense

The positive forms of the past simple tense are simple.

  • I was in London last year
  • She had a headache last night.
  • We did our homework yesterday.

The past simple tense of the negative and interrogative forms of the verb to do as the common meaning of the verb “to do” uses the auxiliary did, e.g. “We didn’t do our homework yesterday”.

The negative form of have is usually also formed with did, but in some cases it is possible to add just not or use the shortened form n’t.

The question from have is formed in the past simple tense with did.

Example of affirmative sentences of simple past tense

Below are over 100 sentences of simple past tense divided into affirmative, interrogative and negative sentences.

  • We all went to school by bus.
  • The teacher taught how to make cakes in the class.
  • The boy told that he lost his keys.
  • It was very dark and we couldn’t see anything at all.
  • I went to school.
  • I saw him.
  • She came here yesterday.
  • I met her yesterday.
  • I could not find my bag.
  • He bought a book yesterday.
  • We used to go for a picnic on Sundays.
  • When I reached home, the children were sleeping already.
  • He worked in a school.
  • Yesterday was Saturday.
  • They got home very late last night.
  • I watched TV last week.
  • I walked.
  • I lived abroad for ten years.
  • They always enjoyed visiting their friends.
  • The rain stopped an hour ago.
  • She was beautiful.
  • I saw a movie last week.
  • I played football yesterday.
  • They were hungry.
  • I met my wife 9 years ago.
  • The rain stopped an hour ago.
  • We were good friends.
  • I forgot my wallet.
  • An old lady walked with her cat.
  • I saw him two weeks ago.
  • I used to be lazy.
  • I used to be strong but now I am weak.
  • We ate dinner last night.
  • He had a dog for 10 years.

It is good to learn the top 100 irregular verbs. English has more than 600 of them, but start with the most common ones. We have also prepared a complete list of irregular verbs in English. It contains more than 600 verbs, sorted by difficulty.

Examples of past simple tense interrogatives

  • Were they talking about me?
  • What did you do yesterday?
  • Where did he work?
  • Do you remember what time you watched TV last night?
  • What did you do last weekend?
  • Did you call David?
  • Did you live in the UK when you were a child?
  • Did they lose the match?
  • Did you play football yesterday?
  • Did you have dinner last night?
  • Did you live abroad?
  • Did she clean her home?
  • How long did you wait for them?
  • Why did she listen?
  • Did she clean her home?
  • Did you play football last day?
  • Did they lose the match?
  • Did you want money?
  • Did it work well?
  • Did you cook dinner?
  • Who did she meet?
  • What did you do for your last birthday?
  • When was the last time you had a party?
  • Did you use to play soccer?
  • Did you use to be shy?
  • Did you use to have pets when you were a kid?
  • You used to work here, didn’t you?
  • Who did you talk to on the phone last night?
  • Did we close the door?
  • Where did the patient go?
  • Did you call your sister?
  • Did David ask you to do this?
  • Was she sleeping when he arrived?
  • What movies did you watch?
  • What did you do for the last 24 hours?
  • What exercises did you do?
  • Where did you go on your last vacation?

See also 10 examples of simple past tense in a separate article.

Example of negative sentences of simple past tense

  • I didn’t go to work last Monday.
  • He didn’t wash his car.
  • I did not lik the film.
  • I didn’t go to the gym last Sunday.
  • I didn’t have time yesterday.
  • I didn’t know that she was ill.
  • I didn’t know where she wanted to go so.
  • I didn’t borrow a book from the library last week.
  • I didn’t go to the store.
  • I didn’t kill the fish.
  • I didn’t make this cake.
  • I didn’t play football yesterday.
  • I didn’t see you yesterday.
  • I didn’t use to play tennis.
  • It didn’t rain.
  • It didn’t work well
  • Joe did not liv in Boston.
  • She didn’t arrive on time this morning.
  • She didn’t remember the detail.
  • She didn’t want money.
  • They did not play video games the whole night.
  • They didn’t agree with me.
  • They did not stay at the party the entire time.
  • They didn’t run yesterday
  • They didn’t see the thief’s face.
  • They didn’t tell anyone about it.
  • We didn’t have any money.
  • We didn’t have time to visit the Eiffel Tower.
  • You did not call David.
  • You didn’t cook dinner
  • You didn’t use to run fast.

More examples of Past Simple sentences

See also other examples of the past simple tense and the grammar of its formation or see examples of 5 sentences of simple past tense.

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