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  • This is everyday grammar.

  • I'm Alice Bryant.

  • Today, we are talking about the simple past verb tense, also called the past simple.

  • We can use many verb tenses to talk about the past, but the simple past is what we use most often.

  • We formed this tense by adding -ed or -d to most verbs in English.

  • But English has many verbs with irregular past forms, such as say, have, go, be and see.

  • We use the simple past to talk about completed actions in the past and to talk about habits in the past.

  • Listen to this speaker talk about a completed action in the past:

  • I watched some funny videos last night.

  • And when we use the simple past to talk about past habits, we usually add short phrases to make the meaning clear.

  • Listen to these speakers use the simple past to talk about repeated past actions:

  • I took drawing classes in middle school.

  • She ran every day for three months.

  • To form questions with the simple past, we add the verb "do," like this:

  • Did you take drawing classes in middle school?

  • Notice that when we use the past tense, auxiliary, "did," the main verb, "take," stays in simple form.

  • Negative statements in this tense also use the auxiliary verb "do", and that's everyday grammar.

This is everyday grammar.

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Everyday Grammar: The Simple Past

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