Published on February 23, 2014
The simple past tense is used to talk about actions that happened at a specific time in the past. You form the simple past of a verb by adding -ed , the end of a regular verb but, irregular verb forms have to be learned
I was at home yesterday. My parents were at the supermarket Maradona was a good football player. Michel Jackson was a famous singer You were excellent student last year
Was Michel Jackson a bad singer? No, he wasn´t a bad singer. Were you a tennis player? No, I weren´t a tennis player. Was Lina Marulanda an ugly woman? No, she wasn´t an ugly woman
Sharon studied Japanese for five years. We talked on the phone for thirty minutes. We waited for one hour. You played basketball last weekend She watched a horror film last night
The auxiliary of the past tense is Did you enjoy the film? Yes, I enjoyed the film No, I didn´t enjoy the film.
Did Michel Jackson Sing Pop songs? Yes, he sang pop songs. Did Maradona write a history book? No, he didn´t write a history book. Did García Márquez write One hundred years of solitude? Yes, he wrote One hundred years of solitude.
Group A Voiceless sound: – p – k – s – ch – sh – f – x – hpronounce ED as “T” Example: Ask, asked = ask(T) Ed as “T” Asked baked brushed cooked cracked crashed danced (da:ns) + t dressed dropped escaped finished fixed guessed helped hoped jumped kissed
Voiced sound : – l – v – n – m – r – b – v – g – w – y – z – and vowel sounds (diphthongs) pronounce ED as “D” Example: Allow, allowed = allow(D) Ed as “D” advised (ad’vaiz) + d agreed allowed answered appeared arrived Believed belonged burned called carried changed closed covered cried damaged described died
T or D pronounce ED as “ID” Example: Need, needed = need(id) Ed as “ID” Accepted afforded attended arrested collected contacted counted decided defended demanded divided ended expanded expected exported flooded graduated hated hunted included invited invented landed needed painted