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Grammar 08 - Tenses - Simple Past
"The MP stayed in the luxury hotel." - This sentence is in the simple past tense.

Grammar 08 - Tenses - Simple Past

In this High English quiz we look at another tense form – the simple past tense. The use of the simple past tense denotes an event, action or situation that is completed in the past. The way to denote is to use verbs, either regular or irregular, in their past tense. There are three ways to form the simple past tense, depending on the verb. The verb BE has for its simple past WAS and WERE. Here are some examples:

'I WAS there yesterday.'
'You WERE there yesterday.'
‘She WAS there yesterday.’
‘They WERE there yesterday.’

The second way to form the simple past tense is to look at the simple past forms of regular verbs. We know that simple past form of regular verbs can be formed by simply adding ‘d’ or ‘ed’ to the verb or removing a letter and adding ‘ied.’ For instance:

BAKE-BAKED
FILE-FILED
SMILE-SMILED
ASK-ASKED
REACH-REACHED
START-STARTED
CARRY-CARRIED
FRY-FRIED
WORRY-WORRIED

Of course, there are other verbs that use other forms to form their simple past. They are irregular verbs. Here are some examples:

MAKE-MADE
BECOME-BECAME
CUT-CUT
BRING-BROUGHT

Irregular verbs have their own simple past forms that are unique and only practice would help us to remember them.

The purpose of simple past form is to describe an action in the past and in order to show when an action took place we make use of words and phrases that include adverbs of time and reference to time in the past. For instance, the sentence ‘I met him yesterday’ comprises the simple past form of meet (met) and by adding ‘yesterday’ we are indicating the time was in the past.

Simple past forms can also be in the negative. The negative form can be made by adding ‘not’ after ‘was’ or ‘were.’ For instance, ‘Mary WAS NOT at the party yesterday’ is a sentence with a negative form. With other verbs negative forms can be formed by adding DID NOT before the base verb. For instance, Mary DID NOT ATTEND the party yesterday’ is a sentence with a negative form using normal verbs.

Remember that by adding ‘had’ before the past participle of the verb we use the past perfect tense. So, when we describe two actions in a sentence, the action taking place earlier than the other would be in past perfect tense and the other action would be in simple past. By taking the quiz that follows we will be able to learn more about past tenses in sentences.

1.
Choose the sentence with the past perfect and the simple past forms.
The patient had died before the ambulance reached the hospital.
She had got married by the time she started working.
The could not open the locker because they had mislaid the keys.
All of the above sentences have both the simple past and the past perfect tenses.
All the three sentences have two actions and possess both the past perfect and the simple past tenses
2.
"When she came to me, I had posted the letter."
Choose the tense of this sentence from the following.
Simple past tense.
Past perfect tense.
Present perfect tense.
Present continuous tense.
The past perfect tense is used to express an action completed before another action took place
3.
Choose the sentence with the past perfect form.
I received your letter yesterday.
I had received your letter yesterday.
I have received your letter yesterday.
I have not received your letter yesterday.
The past perfect form is written by using 'had' before the past participle of the verb (receive). This tense is used to denote an action or event which has been completed before some point of time. Option 1 is in the simple past tense. Option 3 is in the present perfect tense. Can you identify the tense in Option 4?
4.
"I did not know Mustaq had migrated to the UAE."
Choose the tenses of this sentence.
Past perfect and present perfect.
Past perfect and past perfect.
Simple past and simple past.
Simple past and past perfect.
The sentence has two tenses - simple past tense and past perfect. When there are two actions in a sentence, the action that takes place earlier than the second action shall be in past perfect and the later action shall be in simple past. In the sentence, the action of Mustaq migrating has occurred first and hence that part of the sentence is in past perfect tense. The action of 'I' not knowing this act comes second and hence this part of the sentence is in simple past
5.
"Gandhiji always spoke the truth."
Choose the tense of this sentence from the following.
Simple past tense.
Past perfect tense.
Present perfect tense.
Present continuous tense.
The simple past tense is used to express regular or habitual action in the past
6.
"If she had worked hard she would have passed."
Choose the tense of this sentence from the following.
Present continuous tense.
Present perfect tense.
Simple past tense.
Past perfect tense.
The past perfect tense is used to express an unfulfilled action in the past
7.
"The Member of Parliament stayed in the Windsor Manor Hotel for two months."
Choose the tense of this sentence from the following.
Present perfect tense.
Past perfect tense.
Simple past tense.
Present continuous tense.
The simple past tense is used to express an action which covered a time period in the past, but is now ended
8.
Choose the sentence with the simple past form.
I went to school yesterday.
I had gone to school yesterday.
I had not gone to school yesterday.
I have been to school yesterday.
Remember the past participle of go is 'went.' Option 2 is the past perfect form. Option 3 is the past perfect negative form. Option 4 is present perfect form. Recall all your previous English lessons
9.
Choose the sentence with the simple past form.
Is Arpana and Trupti in the same school?
Are Arpana and Trupti in the same school?
Was Arpana and Trupti in the same school?
Were Arpana and Trupti in the same school?
Remember the past participle of 'to be' is 'were' or 'was.' Since the subject is plural we use 'were.' The sentence is an interrogative sentence. Option 1 is the simple present form but with the wrong form of the verb. Option 2 is the simple present form. Option 3 is the wrong usage of the variation of the verb 'to be'. Recall all your previous English lessons
10.
Choose the sentence with the past perfect form.
The bell had not gone before I reached school.
The bell went before I reached school.
The bell had gone before I reached school.
Both options 1 and 3 are in past perfect form but option 2 is not.
Both options 1 and 3 are right. Option 1 is in the negative form while option 3 is in the positive form. Option 2 is in the simple perfect form
Author:  V T Narendra

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