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Past Simple Grammar Exercise

Positive:

I / you / he / she / it / we / they worked yesterday

Examples:

  • I talked with my mother last night.
  • We enjoyed the party on Saturday.
  • She finished the test at 3:30.

Negative:

I / you / he / she / it / we / they didn’t work yesterday

 Examples:

  • He didn’t listen to the teacher’s instructions.
  • They didn’t want to join us for coffee.
  • Jill didn’t stay in a hotel last summer.

Question:

Did I / you / he / she / it / we / they work yesterday?

 Examples:

  • Did you watch the news yesterday?
  • Did they remember to turn off the lights?
  • What time did your father arrive?

How to form the past simple for regular verbs:

VERB PAST SPELLING
listen
play
listened
played
Add -ed
like
decide
liked
decided
Add -d
stop stopped One vowel + one consonant = double the consonant and add -ed
study
try
studied
tried
One consonant + y –> -ied

In past simple negative and questions, do not add -ed:

  • Mary didn’t liked the movie.
  • Mary didn’t like the movie.
  • Did you studied for the test?
  • Did you study for the test?

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Past Simple Regular Verbs

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Question 1
Where did you lived when you were a child?
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Question 1 Explanation: 
Where did you live when you were a child?
Question 2
Gabriel and Sandy didn't walk to the beach because it was too far away.
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Question 3
I didn't need to use a calculator for my math homework.
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Question 4
Were you want to be a dancer when you were a child?
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Question 4 Explanation: 
Did you want to be a dancer when you were a child?
Question 5
We tryed to talk to the manager, but he was busy.
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Question 5 Explanation: 
We tried to talk to the manager, but he was busy.
Question 6
Did you remembered to pay the electric bill?
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Question 6 Explanation: 
Did you remember to pay the electric bill?
Question 7
She no called me yesterday.
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Question 7 Explanation: 
She didn't call me yesterday
Question 8
What time did the plane land?
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Question 9
How long you waited for the bus last night?
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Question 9 Explanation: 
How long did you wait for the bus last night?
Question 10
When they arrived at the airport, they checked their bags at security.
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Question 11
Did the teacher ask you any questions in class this morning?
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Question 12
"Did you pass the test?"

"No, I didn't."

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Question 13
My brother didn't helped me carry my books.
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Question 13 Explanation: 
My brother didn't help me carry my books.
Question 14
I did start piano lessons last week.
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Question 14 Explanation: 
Only use "did" in questions.
Question 15
We rented an apartment in Florida on our vacation last year.
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