The simple past tense

Parent Category: Littérature Category: Anglais

These time indicators indicate completed action in the past: yesterday, last night, last week, a week age, last year.


The simple past tense of regular verbs

Paul walked to the stadium last Saturday.
Tom arrived early in class yesterday.
The rain stopped after 5 P.M last Monday.
The boys studied his math lesson last night.
Paul played football with his brothers.

Infinitive

Past tense

To work

walked

To arrive

arrived

To stop

stopped

To study

studied

To play

played

Remarks

  • The from, the present, the past of regular verbs by adding ed to the simple form of the verb (infinitive)
    Example: to open → opened; to work → worked
  • If the verb end with e we simply put d
  • If the vowel end with a consonant precede by only one vowel, we double the consonant and we put ed
    Example: travel → traveled
  • If the verb end with y preceded by a consonant change y into before we add "ed"
  • If the find y is preceded by a vowel, the y does not change
    Example: to enjoy → enjoyed
    to play → played