Notes On Simple Past Tense - Forms and Structure - CBSE Class 6 English Grammar
To make the past simple tense, we use:
  • past form only
    or
  • auxiliary did + base form
Here you can see examples of the past form and base form for irregular verbs and regular verbs:
V1
base
V2
past
V3
past participle
regular verb work
explode
like
worked
exploded
liked
worked
exploded
liked
The past form for all regular verbs ends in -ed.
irregular verb go
see
sing
went
saw
sang
gone
seen
sung
The past form for irregular verbs is variable. You need to learn it by heart.
You do not need the past participle form to make the past simple tense. It is shown here for completeness only.



Here is how to form the past simple tense in English.
Structure of past simple
positive negative question
I arrived yesterday.
You arrived yesterday.
He/she/it arrived.
We arrived.
They arrived.
I didn't (did not) arrive.
You didn't (did not) arrive.
He/she/it didn't arrive.
We didn't arrive.
They didn't arrive.
Did I arrive yesterday?
Did you arrive?
Did he/she/it arrive?
Did we arrive?
Did they arrive?
 


 
The structure for positive sentences in the past simple tense is:
subject + main verb
    past

The structure for negative sentences in the past simple tense is:
subject + auxiliary verb + not + main verb
    did base

The structure for question sentences in the past simple tense is:
auxiliary verb + subject + main verb
did       base
 

Summary

To make the past simple tense, we use:
  • past form only
    or
  • auxiliary did + base form
Here you can see examples of the past form and base form for irregular verbs and regular verbs:
V1
base
V2
past
V3
past participle
regular verb work
explode
like
worked
exploded
liked
worked
exploded
liked
The past form for all regular verbs ends in -ed.
irregular verb go
see
sing
went
saw
sang
gone
seen
sung
The past form for irregular verbs is variable. You need to learn it by heart.
You do not need the past participle form to make the past simple tense. It is shown here for completeness only.



Here is how to form the past simple tense in English.
Structure of past simple
positive negative question
I arrived yesterday.
You arrived yesterday.
He/she/it arrived.
We arrived.
They arrived.
I didn't (did not) arrive.
You didn't (did not) arrive.
He/she/it didn't arrive.
We didn't arrive.
They didn't arrive.
Did I arrive yesterday?
Did you arrive?
Did he/she/it arrive?
Did we arrive?
Did they arrive?
 


 
The structure for positive sentences in the past simple tense is:
subject + main verb
    past

The structure for negative sentences in the past simple tense is:
subject + auxiliary verb + not + main verb
    did base

The structure for question sentences in the past simple tense is:
auxiliary verb + subject + main verb
did       base
 
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