- Extensive practice with the simple past.
- Phrasal verbs "sleep in" and "work out".
- Asking oneself a question.
- She watched a little TV: Is the TV small? (adjective) or Did she watch TV for a short amount of time? (adverb)
- "So" used for agreement: So did he; so did I.
Always watch the video several times without subtitles first. Train your ears! Your pronunciation will be much better if you follow this simple rule.
Exercises for this lesson:
- Dina did 7 things yesterday
- Dina's Day
- Dina Test
- Hands-on Science
- What did Asker do first?
- The Same Old Thing
- This morning, after he got up...
- Sleep and Play
- Half-time Verb Review
- Mary and Henry
- Mat with the Crazy Hat
- One Regular Verb
- So Did Danny
- So Did Mark
- How Many Years Ago?
- Bernadette can't remember
- The Simple Past Form of 15 Verbs
How to do the lessons:
- Watch the video without subtitles.
- Do all the Exercises.
- Come back to this page.
- Watch the video with English Subtitles. Use the Pause button. People speak fast!
Watch this video, then click on Exercise 1
Same video with Precise Subtitles
A "grammatical video" featuring 16 people using the past simple forms. Includes the use of ago.
I have provided this concise explanation for students:
The Past Simple (also called the Simple Past) is used for actions that happened at a specific time, illustrated by a time phrase such as yesterday, last year, etc., or simply understood from the context.
Regular Verbs add "ed" to the base form, or "d" if the verbs ends with "e".
Irregular verbs can change in many different ways. The verb form is the same for all persons: I went, you went, she/he/it went, we went, they went.
This was one of the easy videos. We only had to interview 55 people to have enough good material to make this edit, probably because the question is simple and straightforward, and the interviewees could hardly avoid using the past tense in their answers.