When we use past simple
- Past Simple
- We use it when something HAPPENED IN THE PAST AND IT FINISHED IN THE PAST. We often SAY WHEN:last year, in 2007, when I was a baby, 5 minutes ago. It doesn’t change if the action started a long time ago or a short time ago.
An example of past simple use
The woman bought a new hoodie yesterday. (Action happened in the past and we say when=yesterday).
How we form past simple
positive sentences: subject + verb in past simple form + object
negative sentences: subject + didn’t + verb in base form + object
questions: Did + subject + verb in base form+ object
Other examples of past simple use in a sentence
- She told you last week.
- We went to school together, remember?
- I went on holiday to Greece last year.