Simple past tense refers to an action that was done in the past. Use this tense to show an event or action that took place at a specific time in the past and now it’s over.
Pattern: Subject + Past tense form of Verb + Object
To create past tense form of verb, you can follow below mentioned rules
- If verb ends with “e”
- append “d” in the end
- If verb ends with only one CONSONANT, and before that is only one VOWEL
- double CONSONANT before adding “ed”
- If verb ends with “y” and before that is CONSONANT
- change “y” to “i” and append “ed”
- append “ed” in the end
He was here last year.
You had a black pencil
I worked in the IT sector.
The milk used to cost 10 rupees per liter some years ago.
She smiled at me.
The fox tried again
Why did you cry?
I stopped at your home.
Important: There are some verbs which do not follow above rules
- Past tense of “to be” is “was and were”
- Past tense of “have and has” is had
- Yesterday, last week, last year etc. are used to show past tense