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Past simple tense English grammar rules

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Learn the past simple tense with this English grammar video lesson The past simple tense has several uses Its main use is to describe a completed action in the past We also use it to describe a series of completed actions and to describe the duration of an action from the past The grammar rules for spelling the past simple affirmative form are as follows For regular verbs we add -ed to the infinitive For verbs which already end in a silent -e we simply add -d die - died for example For regular verbs ending in a consonant and -y we change the y to i and add -ed hurry - hurried for example For regular verbs ending in a consonant vowel consonant where the final syllable is stressed we double the consonant and add -ed stop - stopped and prefer - preferred for example In British English for regular verbs ending in -l we always double the -l cancel - cancelled for example In American English for verbs ending in -l we follow the stressed syllable rule mentioned above For irregular verbs there are no rules for the past simple form You simply have to learn them Some examples of irregular verbs are buy - bought go - went do - did The question form of the past simple is Did the subject the verb in the infinitive form Did you close the door for example The negative form is The subject did not or didnt in the contracted form the verb in the infinitive form I didnt like the film for example At the end of the lesson you will find some grammar exercises to test your understanding If you have any questions please ask me in the comments section below the video lesson and I will answer The accent in the video is a British English accent Here are some other English lessons Past perfect tense continuous grammar lessons exercises videos English lessons speaking practice Academy of credits Teenager Girl With Opened Notebook Image courtesy of imagerymajestic FreeDigitalPhotosnet Handsome Businessman Dragging Trolley Bag Image courtesy of stockimages FreeDigitalPhotosnet Cute Guy Washing His Teeth Image courtesy of artur84 FreeDigitalPhotosnet Job Interview Image courtesy of franky242 FreeDigitalPhotosnet Its Time For Business Image courtesy of stockimages FreeDigitalPhotosnet Yawning Image courtesy of graur razvan ionut FreeDigitalPhotosnet Health-care Image courtesy of graur razvan ionut FreeDigitalPhotosnet