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Simple Past Tense 2/2 exercises for beginners

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Simple Past Tense exercises (2/2)

for beginners

 

Sentence construction in the Simple Past Tense with a regular verb.

affirmative sentence

subject + verb + ed + object + adverb of place + adverb of time

E.g. I dusted the shelves in the living-room yesterday.

 

negative sentence

subject + did + not (didn’t) + verb + object + adverb of place + adverb of time

E.g. I did not (didn’t) dust the shelves in the living-room yesterday.

 

interrogative sentence

(Wh-question) + did + subject + verb + object + adverb of place + adverb of time

E.g. Did you dust the shelves in the living-room yesterday?

     When did you dust the shelves in the living-room?

 

short answer

You give short answers to yes-no questions.

Yes, subject +did. Or No, subject + didn’t.

E.g. Did you dust the shelves in the living-room yesterday? Yes I did.

No, I didn’t.

 

Task 1 - Rewrite the sentences into the Simple Past Tense. Then write a negative sentence. Look at the example below.

I dust the shelves. I dusted the shelves. I didn’t dust the shelves.

1)      The dog barks in the garden. . .

2)      The flowers bloom in the park. . .

3)      Peter borrows Mary’s pen. . .

4)      Terry brushes her hair. .

5)      They call him Dick. . .

6)      They carry books in their bags. . .

7)      I change my dress. . .

8)      The man checks the machines. .

9)      I close the window. . .

10)      You comb your hair. . .

 

Task 2 - Rewrite the sentences into the Simple Past. Then write an interrogative sentence. Look at the example below.

I dust the shelves. I dusted the shelves. Did I dust the shelves?

1)      Peter dresses in his room. . ?

2)      She drops the ball. . ?

3)      Mum dusts the shelves. . ?

4)      We enter into the room. . ?

5)      Tiny fetches the ball. . ?

6)      The disco finishes at 10 o’clock. . ?

7)      Mother and father help me. . ?

8)      I ask for a new computer. . ?

9)      The children jump on the bed. . ?

10)      Ben kisses Jane every morning. . ?

 

Task 3 - Change the following sentences into interrogative then give short answers according to the sign. Look at the examples.

They danced a lot. Thumbs Up š Did they dance a lot? Yes, they did.

She dusted the shelves. Thumbs Down š Did she dust the shelves? No, she didn’t.

 

1)      Lots of people smoked cigarettes. Thumbs Up ? .

2)      The boy sneezed. Thumbs Down ? .

3)      You started the car. Thumbs Up ? .

4)      We stayed at this hotel. Thumbs Up ? .

5)      I stepped on this stone. Thumbs Down ? .

6)      The car parked in front of the house. Thumbs Down ? .

7)      Barbara studied Maths. Thumbs Up ? .

8)      They talked about the new film. Thumbs Up ? .

9)      You thanked him for his help. Thumbs Down ? .

10)      Mandy tidied her room on Saturday afternoons. Thumbs Up ? .

11)      He travelled a lot. Thumbs Down ? .

12)      I tried to draw a horse. Thumbs Up ? .

 

Task 4 - Ask questions about the underlined words.

1)      We walked to the house. ?

2)      She wanted a drink. ?

3)      The children washed. ?

4)      I counted twelve pens on the table. ?

5)      My sister watched TV yesterday. ?

6)      I wished you a good day. ?

7)      Everybody worked in the field. ?

8)      Ben and Jim collected postcards. ?

9)      They always waited for the bus. ?

10)      She arrived at 7 o’clock. ?

11)      We needed a new computer to our flat. ?

12)      He turned the right key. ?

13)      She typed a letter. ?

14)      You used my pen. ?

15)      He dropped some litter into the bin. ?