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Past simple - regular verbs

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

Instructions

As you watch the video, look at the examples of regular past simple verbs. They are in red in the subtitles. Then read the conversation below to learn more. Finally, do the grammar exercises to check you understand, and can use, regular past simple verbs correctly.

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.

begin begined
kill killed
jump jumped

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 other 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 /
arrivedasked wanted
failed crossed decided
agreedstoppedstarted

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?

Transcript

Oliver: So how did it go? Did you pass?
Alfie: No, I failed ... again!
Oliver: I don’t believe it! How did you fail again? What happened this time?
Alfie: You won’t believe it!
Oliver: No? No way, Alfie, not the same as last time?
Alfie: Yep
Oliver: No way! Not another cat?
Alfie: I know! I'm in shock! I love cats!
Oliver: So what happened?
Alfie: Well, I stopped at a zebra crossing to let an old man cross the road. No problem there. He walked across the road so I started to drive. Just then a cat appeared from nowhere!
Oliver: Did you hit it?
Alfie: I did. It was impossible to stop.
Oliver: I don’t believe you, Alfie. You're joking, aren't you? You didn't fail, did you? Nobody can kill two cats on two driving tests!
Alfie: What can I say? I know - it's totally crazy. The owner of the cat arrived ...
Oliver: Oh no ... and?
Alfie: Well, he said it wasn't my fault, the cat escaped from the garden ... the driving instructor agreed too. So, we carried on with the test, but I was too nervous and I crossed a red traffic light.
Oliver: Poor you, mate! Do you want to come over?
Alfie: Yeah ok See you in five minutes.

Discussion

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

Comments

Arivelde March 16, 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.

Cfvdv March 10, 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.

Constantine 23 January, 2021 - 09:08

Yes, I like this grammar snack very much. Yesterday I learned 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 :)

11mo13 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 8:45 p.m., I ate dinner with him at food count.

Luna15 August, 2020 - 10:42

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

Giovannichoi12 June, 2020 - 03:36

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

Roses Are Black 2918 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

Sherry486913 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 favorite 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 !!!!!!!!!

sofka April 19, 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

FedericoB825 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".

marchese23 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.

Micheleanto March 20, 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.

asiasantin March 20, 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

gattifederica March 20, 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.

BttChiara March 20, 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 learned some English vocabulary and I watched a film.

ballerinichiara20 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!

bea_mara March 20th, 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.

Naogiosu720 March, 2020 - 13:55

Yes i did. Yesterday i woke up at 7 o'clock, 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

Carolina00020 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.

rrfalletto March 20, 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

JasmineD0320 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.

beasam010920 March, 2020 - 11:33

yes, i did. Yesterday I woke up at 8.30 am, went to the kitchen and had a cup of milk and some biscuits, then I brushed my teeth and took a shower, I tidy my room, I made the bed, putted the clothes in the closet. At lunch I ate with my family, after I did some homework, listened to music and prepared a chocolate cake with my mom for my brother's birthday, after dinner we saw a film together

Desy March 20, 2020 - 11:11

Yesterday I woke up at 8.30 am, then at 9:00 I had an online Italian lessons, and at 11:30 an Latin online lessons. At 1pm I had lunch and in the afternoon I did my English homework. At 8 pm I had dinner and then I watched TV with my brother. Finally at 11 pm I went to sleep.

Ely19 March, 2020 - 18:31

yesterday i woke up at 9 o'clock i had breakfast and i did my homework.
at 12:30 i had lunch with my family.
in the afternoon i watched the tv
in the evening i had dinner with my parents and i went to bed.

MatildePace March 19, 2020 - 09:41

Yes, I did. Yesterday I woke up at 9 a.m., I had breakfast with coffee. Then I did my homework. After homework I took a shower. Since it was a beautiful day I went to the garden to read a book. I spent some time with my family and I called a friend of mine who I missed because I haven't seen her for a long time. Before dinner I played the guitar, I like to play the guitar because it relaxs me. After dinner I watched TV with my brother and I went to sleep.

_auro_ March 20th, 2020 - 14:53

Yes, I like it!
Yesterday morning I had videolessons and in the afternoon I celebrated my grandfather's birthday, we (me and my family) greeted him in a video chemistry because because of the virus in circulation we cannot leave the house except for valid reasons.

giorgia_marchetti20 March, 2020 - 14:41

Yes, I did. Yesterday i woke up at 8.30 to follow a digital history lesson, after i had a breakfast and i have a shower. During the morning i tided my room. At 14.00pm i had lunch and after i did my homework. At 9pm i had dinner and i watched a film with my family. I went to bed at 11.30

Anonimo202018 March, 2020 - 13:14

I was in Quarantine yesterday