jueves, 26 de mayo de 2011

HELPING STUDENTS WITH PAST SIMPLE - REGULAR VERBS

My students at 5th level have begun this week the grammar related to past simple of regular verbs. What do we use the past simple for?

  • We use simple past to talk about actions or situations that happened in a defined time in the past.
  • To talk about regular actions/situations in the past.
  • We use it along certain adverbs or adverbial phrases in relation to past time.
Forms:

Affirmative: 
 Subject+ verb + - ed + objects.

Negative:
Subject+ aux. verb to do in the past (did) +not+ main verb (infinitive) + objects

Interrogative:
Aux. verb to do in the past (did) + subject+ main verb (infinitive) + objects

Useful adverbs for past simple:

YESTERDAY, THE DAY BEFORE YESTERDAY, LAST DAY, LAST WEEK, LAST SATURDAY, FEW DAYS AGO, TWO DAYS AGO, AT 9 O’CLOCK…

Here are two presentations in order to help you. Click on this page (http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/past-simple-exercise-3.html) for further practice on the simple past in English.

Good luck. Your teacher and friend, Mr. Alonso

Regards


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