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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 (didnít) + verb + object + adverb of place + adverb of time

E.g. I did not (didnít) 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 + didnít.

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

No, I didnít.

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 didnít dust the shelves.

1)††††† The dog barks in the garden. . .

2)††††† The flowers bloom in the park. . .

3)††††† Peter borrows Maryís 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 oíclock. . ?

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 ū Did they dance a lot? Yes, they did.

She dusted the shelves. Thumbs Down ū Did she dust the shelves? No, she didnít.

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 oíclock. ?

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. ?