SIMPLE PAST (PRETERIT)

SIMPLE PAST (PRETERIT)

Irregular verbs : learn the list by heart.

Regular verbs :

  • Affirmative = Verb+-ed

I played, you played, he played etc.

/!\ Verbs ending with -y = I carry, I carried

!\ Verbs ending with a consonant following one vowel : doubling of the consonant = I stop, I stopped

  • Negative = did not + verb

I didn’t play, you didn’t play, he didnt’ play etc.

  • Interrogative = Did + subject+ verb

Did I play? Did you play? Did he play? Etc.

  • We use simple past to talk about finished events in the past. (temps du récit)
    Ex: They lived in New York then moved to French Guiana. They came here in 2010.
  • We can also use it to talk about past habits.

    Ex: I visited them every day for a year.

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