ESL Simple Past Tense

This is a great refresher for teaching the simple past tense.

BNB16

23 July

Simple past tense verbs

Also called past simple or preterite, they show action that occurred and was completed at a particular time in the past. The simple past tense of regular verbs is marked by the ending -d or -ed. Irregular verbs have a variety of endings. The simple past is not accompanied by helping verbs. “The simple past tense is often used with an adverbial phrase that specifies a time in the past, such as yesterday, last year, (or) an hour ago,” according to “Complete English Grammar Rules.”

An example of a simple past tense verb used in a sentence would be: “I went to the park.” The speaker completed her action of going to the park, so you use the verb “go” in the simple past tense. Note how this example uses an irregular verb but in the past simple, which can be a bit confusing until you understand the rules for using…

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