Past Simple (Simple Past) Definition

The Past Simple tense, also called the Simple Past, is used for past actions that happened either at a specific time, which can either be given by a time phrase (yesterday, last year, etc.) or understood from the context. Regular Verbs add -ed to the base form, or -d if the verbs ends with -e. Irregular verbs can change in many different ways. The verb form is the same for all persons:


eg: I liked, you liked, she/he/it liked, we liked, they liked.

NOTE: After the auxiliary verb, Did/Didn't, it returns to the base form:

eg: Did you take it?

eg: She didn't like it.

See Also:

Present Simple; Irregular Verb

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