Past Simple and Used To – Verb Form

past_simpleThis post will show you how to form the Past Simple. To see how to use the Past Simple, click here.

PAST SIMPLE

Affirmative Statements

Subject Base Verb + ED or Irregular Form
I worked hard.
You went to school in the morning.
She/he/it rained yesterday.
We left early.
They/you (plural) sang beautifully.

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Negative Statements

Subject Did Not (didn’t) Base Verb
I didn’t go yesterday.
You didn’t see me after class.
She/He/It didn’t rain last week.
We didn’t run into trouble.
They/You (plural) didn’t finish your homework.

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Yes/No Questions

Did Subject Base Verb
Did I lose my keys?
Did you make that?
Did she/he/it go to work?
Did we drive too far?
Did they/you (plural) have a good time?

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Short Answers

Yes Subject Did No Subject Did Not (didn’t)
Yes, I did. No, I didn’t.
Yes, you did. No, you didn’t.
Yes, she/he/it did. No, she/he/it didn’t.
Yes, we did. No, we didn’t.
Yes, they/you did. No, they/you didn’t.

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USED TO

Affirmative Statements

Subject Used To Base Verb
I used to get up early.
You used to drink coffee.
She/He/It used to be hers.
We used to dance every weekend.
They/You (plural) used to play in the park.

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Negative Statements

Subject Did Not (didn’t) Use To Base Verb
I didn’t use to like him.
You didn’t use to smoke cigarettes.
She/he/it didn’t use to walk to school.
We didn’t use to travel so often.
They/you (plural) didn’t use to go to school.

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Yes/No Questions

Did Subject Use To Base Verb
Did I use to be so selfish?
Did you use to live in Argentina?
Did she/he/it used to get start later?
Did we use to play on Saturdays or Sundays?
Did they/you use to eat lots of junk food?

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Short Answers

Yes Subject Did No Subject Did Not (didn’t)
Yes, I did. No, I didn’t.
Yes, you did. No, you didn’t
Yes, she/he/it did. No, she/he/it didn’t
Yes, we did. No, we didn’t
Yes, they/you did No, they/you didn’t

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Information Questions

Wh- Word Did Subject Use To Base Verb
Why did I use to love him?
When did you use to live in Miami?
Where did they use to eat out?
Wh- Word Used To Base Verb
Who used to run marathons?
What used to be over there?
     
  • Do not use did in information questions when who or what is the subject. Use used to with these questions.
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