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G.6.1 - Simple Past

Past Simple Tense - Find all the mistakes

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This story has lots of mistakes. There are 33 verbs in the wrong tense! Can you find them all:

Past Simple or Past Participle?

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It is really important when learning the past tenses, that you learn both the past simple form of the verb and the past participle. You also need to learn when you use them.

We use the past participle:

1 - When using the perfect tenses

Present Perfect:
Have + past participle
E.g. I have studied dance for five years.

Regular Verbs - Elementary Level

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Look at the paragraph below and change the verbs in brackets into past tense.

Past Simple or Past Perfect?

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These two tenses are both used to talk about things that happened in the past. However we use past perfect to talk about something that happened before another action in the past, which is usually expressed by the past simple.

For example:

"I had already eaten my dinner when he called."
In other words, First I ate my dinner, then he called.
The past perfect is often used with already, yet, just and even.

Past simple irregular verbs

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Most verbs follow the rule of adding 'ed' when we want to say them in past simple, but some verbs sadly don't. These are the ones we just have to learn.

Can you remember what the following verbs are in past simple. Careful, some of them might be regular and some might not!

Today's lesson is by Caroline

Link: Irregular past participle verbs quiz

Review Past Simple Tense

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Today we review the past simple tense. Change these ten verbs into the past simple tense and add them to the correct sentences.

catch cost hide sleep grow smell teach blow draw forgive

Think carefully about the tense and spelling!

Link: Verb Tense Review

Past Simple Tense Review

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Time for a basic review of the past simple tense. All you have to do is complete the sentences using the past simple tense. 

I expect you all to get 10/10! Can you do it? Don't disappoint me!

Past Simple Tense

Past Simple or Past Participle?

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When to use the simple past tense

We use the simple past tense for actions that began and finished in the past. We do not have to say exactly when. The important thing is that it happened and is not happening now.

'I saw it'

When to use the past participle

The past participle is used with the following tenses:

Past Simple Tense

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'Sandra picked an apple.'

The past simple tense is, of course, used to talk about things which have happened in the past. Here are a few points for you to review and rememeber

Past Simple is used to describe events which happened in the past.