bits and bobs – small language tips to help 🙂
Tip of the Week 21 for 2017 is on the past simple
The past simple is used to describe fully completed events in the past. We often use a time indicator (e.g. yesterday, last year, in 2016 etc.) but we don’t always have to mention it – important is that the context must be about this past time.
To build the past form of regular verbs, –ed is simply added to the infinitive:
e.g. work – worked
Irregular verbs are different and have to be learned:
For questions and negatives we use the past simple form of the verb ‘to do’.
last year/month (letztes Jahr/letzten Monat)
this morning (heute Morgen)
did (Hilfsverb) – used in questions
did not (Hilfsverb) – used in negative sentences