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THE SIMPLE PAST: EXPRESSING PAST TIME

Answer the questions. Use the SIMPLE PRESENT or SIMPLE PAST.


1. What are soe thin!s "ou usua##" $o e%er" ornin!&
What are soe thin!s "ou $i$ "ester$a" 'or ( this ornin!&
). What $o "ou usua##" $o in the e%enin!&
What $i$ "ou $o #ast ni!ht&
*. What $o "ou usua##" $o in the +#ass&
What $i$ "ou $o in the +#ass "ester$a"&
,. What $o "ou usua##" $o a-ter this +#ass&
What $i$ "ou $o a-ter +#ass "ester$a"&
.. What $i$ "ou $o two $a"s a!o& Last wee/& Last onth& Last
"ear&
Take out a piece of paper. Write what you did (your activities)
yesterday.
Write as fast as you can.
(a) Mary walked downtown yesterday.
(b) I slept for eight hours last night
The simple past is used to talk about activities or situations that
began and ended in the past (e.g., yesterday, last night, two days
ago, in 1990)
(c) Bob stayed home yesterday morning.
(d) ur plane arrived on time.
Most simple past verbs are formed by adding -ed to a verb.
(e) I ate breakfast this morning.
(f) !ue took a ta"i to the airport.
!ome verbs have irregular past forms# as in (b)# (e)# and (f)
!ome verbs have regular past forms of which we have to add $%ed& or
$%ied&.
SIMPLE 01RM SIMPLE PAST
REGULAR
2ER3S
finish
stop
hope
wait
play
try
finished
stopped
hoped
waited
played
tried
IRREGULAR
2ER3S
see
make
sing
eat
go
saw
made
sang
ate
went
What did you do this morning'
I was ironing my clothes.
I ironed my clothes this morning.
What did you do yesterday'
I was going to library.
(omplete the sentences by using the !IM)*+ ),!T T+-!+ of the given
verbs. .se each verb only one time. ,ll of the verbs have irregular past
forms.
begin go read
cut hold shake
drink keep shut
eat lose speak
find meet spend
/. !ue 0000drank000000 a cup of coffee before class starting.
1. We 0000000ate000 a delicious dinner at a Me"ican restaurant last
night.
2. When it 0000began000 to rain yesterday afternoon# I 00shot00 all the
window.
3. (hris hurt his finger when he was fi"ing his dinner last night. 4e
accidentally cut his finger with a sharp knife.
5. I don6t have any money in my pocket. I 000spent000 my last dime
yesterday. I6m flat broke.
7. 8essica didn6t throw her old shoes away. !he 00000kept000 them
because they were comfortable.
9. I read an interesting article in the newspaper this morning.
:. 8ack 000lost0000 his pocket knife at the park yesterday. This
morning he 0000went000 back to the park to look for it. ;inally he
0000found000 it in the grass. 4e was glad to have it back.
<. )eter was nervous when he 000held0000his baby in his arms for the
first time.
/=. I 00000met0000 8ennifer6s parents when they visited her. !he
introduced me to them.
//. >esterday I called 8ason on the phone. 4e was not home# so I
00spoke00 to his sister.
/1. When I introduced Tom to ?yan# they 00000000shook0000
hands and smile to each other.
)ast Tense@ ?egular Aerbs
/. ,llan borrowed my money last month.
1. 4e catched a big fish in that pond in /<<9.