Past Simple Tense Examples 5/5 (1)

The past simple tense represents actions without specifying the time that has already finished.

Here are some examples.

The Past Simple tense examples

Examples of Affirmative sentences

construction of an affirmative sentence for the past simple tense:

Subject + past simple (verb + ed or irregular verb) + object.

Past Simple affirmative construction

Examples of past simple tense:

  • 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.

Examples of negative sentences

negative sentence construction for the past simple tense:

Subject + did not + base form of verb + object.Past Simple negative construction

Examples of past simple tense:

  • I didn’t see you yesterday.
  • You did not call David.
  • We didn’t have any money.
  • I didn’t play football yesterday.
  • It didn’t rain.
  • They did not stay at the party the entire time.
  • We didn’t have time to visit the Eiffel Tower.
  • She didn’t arrive on time this morning.
  • He didn’t wash his car.

Examples of questions

question construction for the past simple tense:

Did + subject + base form of verb + object ?Past Simple question construction

Examples of past simple tense:

  • 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?

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