Alfie took his driving test for the second time this morning. Did he pass?

The past simple is the most common way of talking about past events or states which have finished. It is often used with past time references (e.g. yesterday, two years ago).

Please explain past events or states!

A past event could be one thing that happened in the past, or a repeated thing.

I stopped at a zebra crossing.
We carried on with the test.
We played tennis every day in August.

A state is a situation without an action happening.

We stayed at my grandparents' house last summer.

How do you form the past simple?

Regular past simple forms are formed by adding -ed to the infinitive of the verb.

start started
kill killed
jump jumped

That seems easy!  

Yes, but there are some spelling rules. If a verb ends in -e, you add -d.

agree agreed
like
liked
escape
escaped

If a verb ends in a vowel and a consonant, the consonant is usually doubled before -ed.

stop stopped
plan
planned

If a verb ends in consonant and -y, you take off the y and add -ied.

try tried
carry
carried        

But if the word ends in a vowel and -y, you add -ed.

play played
enjoy
enjoyed

OK, not quite so easy! But the past simple form doesn't change at all for I, you, he, she, we and they, does it?

No, the form doesn't change. See, it is easy!

What about the pronunciation of the -ed ending?

There are three kinds of pronunciation: /d/, /t/ and /ɪd/. Look at the table below.

/d/ /t/ /ɪd/
arrived asked wanted
failed crossed decided
agreed stopped started

Aaagh! How do I know how to pronounce each one?

Good question. Well, really all you need to know is that /d/ is easier to say after arrive, and /t/ is easier to say after ask. For /ɪd/, the infinitive ends in a /d/ or a /t/ sound already so you must add an extra syllable for these verbs.

All right, that makes sense, but how do you form questions and negatives?

With the verb did (do in the past) + the infinitive.

Did you pass?
You didn't fail, did you?
Yes, I did. / No, I didn't.

Right, thanks, I've got it now!

Good. But you also need to learn the irregular past simple forms.

You mean there are verbs that don't end in -ed in the past?

Yes, they don't all end in -ed. Have a look at the past simple irregular verbs too.

 

Discussion

Did you like this grammar snack? What did you do yesterday? Tell us about your day.

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Ira1321 20 November, 2021 - 15:27

This grammar snack is useful and interesting to understand this tense.
Yesterday I woke up at 6 a.m and began to make my bed,then I went to the bathroom to care my skin.Next I began to make breakfast,it was sunny-side up egg with black tea.I was at school at 8 to 13 a.m.When I came home and I had lunch,then I had an English lesson.And of course,began to do my hometask and had dinner.About 10 p.m I started to get ready for bed and 10.30 p. I went to bed.

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Graceherrera 25 October, 2021 - 22:27

the activities are interesting, it is a great platform to learn more about English, 5°A Logística

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Ema_tavo 31 August, 2021 - 14:01

This grammar snacks are quite enjoyable. Yesterday I played tennis with my friend and I played Mariokart8 with him.

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Arivelde 16 March, 2021 - 19:05

Yes, I enjoyed it very much! Yesterday I woke up and went for a walk, after that I took a shower and went to my cell phone for 30 minutes. After that I did 1 hour of "Grammar Snack", when I was finished I played my guitar for almost the same time. Then I went outside and plyed some fotball. When it got dark I had another shower, did some research, had dinner, brushed my teath and went to sleep.

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Cfvdv 10 March, 2021 - 19:35

Yes, I like it very much! Yesterday I woke up and I did some exersises walking outside of my house, then I learned english for one hour. After this I got out of my house again to let my dogs walk in the garden. At night I played video games and I had dinner with my family, then I brushed my teeth and I slept.

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Kostantinus 23 January, 2021 - 09:08

Yes, I like this grammar snack very much. Yesterday I learnt English for two hours, then studied Frontend and after all of this I went outsite to do some exercises. I came back home, talked to my girlfriend, called my parents, had a shower, brushed my teeth, went to bed and fell asleep very fast. That was my yesterday :)

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11mo 13 November, 2020 - 09:54

Yes, I did.

Yesterday , I went to play basketball with my best friend in Shatin at 6 p.m. and we had so much fun. After I had swimming lesson at 8:45p.m., I ate dinner with him at food count.

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Luna 15 August, 2020 - 10:42

Yes, l did
Yesterday, l woke up and l did exercise at 6:15 . l had breakfast with some milk tea . When learned english

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Giovannichoi 12 June, 2020 - 03:36

I went to BC (British Council) on Wednesday to increase my English skills with my teacher Rachel!!

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RosenSindSchwarz29 18 January, 2021 - 11:50

Hey,
yes, I like it.
Yesterday me and my family were going for a walk near river. It was great.
Nice day,
Rose

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Sherry4869 13 May, 2020 - 15:05

Yes,I liked this Grammer Snack!!!
Yesterday was not a very nice day. The day was so hot. I don't like hot weather. I read my favourite book of Sherlock Holmes in my free time in a cold room with Air Condition. I wanted to eat some ice cream. But it is a dangerous season to eat ice cream. It is the time of COVID-19!!!!!!!!!

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sofka 19 April, 2020 - 18:55

yesterday I drew all day on my graphics tablet. and later in the evening we had dinner and again I sat at the computer and drew all night, I ate a lot of everything but I do not regret it

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FedericoB8 25 March, 2020 - 18:43

yesterday I woke up at 9, after breakfast I followed an online Latin lesson, then I did my homeworks.
After lunch I played with playstation and ping-pong, in the evening I saw the film "Fast and Furious 8".

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marchese 23 March, 2020 - 09:57

Yesterday I woke up early, had breakfast and had video lessons with some teachers, then I started doing my homework while listening to music. Finally in the evening I had dinner and I watched a tv series with my sister. Usually my days re like this.

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Micheleanto 20 March, 2020 - 17:27

Yesterday i celebrated the father’s day with my father, we ate the cake and i did my homework.
Finally, after dinner, we watched a film together.

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asiasantin 20 March, 2020 - 16:18

Yes I liked it. Yesterday I woke up early, I put my house and my room in order with my mom, then I spent all afternoon doing my homework. Finally in the evening I prepared pizza, watched a good movie, and finally went to bed

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gattifederica 20 March, 2020 - 16:04

Yesterday I got up at 8 o’clock and I had breakfast. Then I participated in video calls with my teachers and my classmates. I had lunch and I did my homework in the afternoon. After I listened to music and I went online. I had dinner with my parents and then I chatted with my friends. Finally I watched TV series and I went to bed.

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BttChiara 20 March, 2020 - 15:57

Yes, I liked a lot this grammar snack. It was really fun!
Yesterday I spoke to my friend and I told her the news. After that I learnt some English vocabulary and I watched a film.

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ballerinichiara 20 March, 2020 - 15:05

Yesterday in the morning I had some video lessons. In the afternoon I cook some biscuist at chocolate with my brothers and they were delicious!
We also ate they after dinner!

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bea_mara 20 March, 2020 - 14:49

Yes, I like it. Yesterday I didn't do many things. I had two video lessons in the morning and then I watched some TV until lunchtime. In the afternoon I watched a streaming movie with my family and in the evening we played Monopoli. It was a very peaceful day.

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Naogiosu7 20 March, 2020 - 13:55

Yes i did. Yesterday i woke up at 7 o'clok, i made crepes and we had breakfast together. Auround 9 i made the video lesson with my class and the teacher until 10 and then i took a shower. I had luch with mom and dad. I did my homework, i read a comic and i had dinner. I saw my tv series and i went to sleep

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Carolina000 20 March, 2020 - 13:35

My day yesterday was not very exciting: in the morning I took part in the online lessons of Italian and Latin. In the late afternoon instead I did training with my teammates and finally in the evening I watched tv and I relaxed.

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rrfalletto 20 March, 2020 - 13:35

Yesterday i was in quarantine, so my day was a little boring, because i did my homework all the time and in the evening i watched tv

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JasmineD03 20 March, 2020 - 11:41

Yes, I did. Yesterday I go to up at 8:30 am because I had a history video lesson, at 9:30 I finished it and at 10 am I had breakfast. From 11:30 to 13 I had another Latin video lesson. At 13:30 I had lunch and ten I started to watch an episode of a Tv series on Netflix.ù
After watching the TV series I went to do my homework until 4:30/5 pm. At 5 I trained with my friends in a video call. After training I made chocolate cookies with my sister and they came out very good. After I was on video call with another friends of mine and we did some homework together. Then I had dinner with my family and we all watched a movie together. Before going to sleep I took a shower, I took off my makeup and I surfed a little on social networks.
Unfortunately because of the coronavirus my city is in quarantine and we cannot go out, but I still manage to have a nice day.

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