Friday, August 27, 2010

Simple Past Tense

"We spent our time in the beach yesterday."
(+) S + v-2 + O + adverb of time
(-) S + did + not + v-1 + O + adverb of time
(?) Did + S + v-1 + O + adverb of time
I bought a newspaper yesterday
She didn’t come here last night
Did you come here last night?

Indicates an activity or situation began and ended at particular time in the past.
She went with me last night.
John didn’t bring a book last week.
Did you visit me two days ago?

If a sentence contains when, and has simple past in both clauses, the action in the when clause happens first.
(1st) When I heard strange voice, (2st) I got up to investigate.
She arrived when I watched TV last night. (watched TV happen first)

Frequently used adverb
Yesterday, last…, … ago, when …

All subject use ‘did’.


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