Do did past simple explained in English Beginners Course Lesson 27

In this English lesson let’s learn how to form the simple past negative and question forms! We use the auxiliary do did past simple, “did” to create the negative and question forms of regular verbs:

I did, you did, he did, she did, it did, we did, you did, they did

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Hi students, welcome back. if I say did d0, did past simple, does that ring a
bell? Today, we are going to be looking at the English auxiliary did in the past
simple. I’m Julia, and I’m here to welcome you to today’s lesson. We are going to be
focusing on the simple past or past simple. You will see that depending on
the grammar book, or the resources that you tend to use to learn English, that
this tense can be named one way or another, so you can pick and choose and
in today’s dialogue, we are going to incorporate that grammar point, in
context, and we are going to then look at it again, during the grammar section of
this video. So as usual guys if you have any doubts, if something confuses you or
the explanation itself doesn’t really help, then please let us know in the
comments. We always like to read your comments and your feedback, so please
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dialogue, the vocabulary list, the grammar, the questions and answers and the recap
part of the video, where you and I, once again will coincide to run through all
the main difficulties or all the main interesting points of today’s lesson. So
thanks for watching, I’m now going to let you study, and I will see and
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This English lesson is focusing on the auxiliary “did”  past simple, and how .


1/English Sentence Practice do did past simple.

Peter answers the door. Sara and her friend Jeanne are on the doorstep. How are you Sara and how are you, Jeanne?

Sara is an English language teacher and Jeanne teaches French. They teach in the same school.

D-i-d you bring the dessert? I d-i-d, here it is. Put it in the fridge. We will go to have a drink before eating.

They leave their things in the hall. They take the bottle of fizzy water and go to the kitchen.

What did you do this week Sara? I d1d the usual things. You d1d your work then? Did it take a long time?

It did, Jeanne did you enjoy your week? Yes, I d1d. I love London and Sara helps me such a lot with my English.

What did she teach you? We d1d the auxiliary verb do. That’s funny, d1d you learn a lot? Is it easy.

“What do you do?” is in the present and “What d1d you do?” is in the past.

I did, you did, he, she, it d1d, we did, you did, they did. It doesn’t vary. It didn’t take long to learn, d1d it Sara?

No, it didn’t. You did very well, didn’t you? Yes, I d1d, thank you so much.

English Vocabulary

2/Vocabulary Practice

  • I did
  • , did you?
  • to answer the door
  • Sara
  • a friend
  • the doorstep
  • an English language teacher
  • to teach French
  •  the same school
  • Did you bring the dessert?
  • I did, here it is.
  • the fridge
  • to have a drink
  • to leave
  • the bottle of fizzy water
  • What did you do this week Sara?
  • I did the usual things.
  • You did your work then?
  • Did it take a long time?
  • to enjoy
  • to love London
  • to help
  • such a lot
  • an auxiliary verb
  • the present
  • the past

English Grammar

The simple past or past simple in the negative and question forms.

Let’s learn how to form the simple past negative and question forms!

We use the auxiliary do did past simple, “did” to create the negative and question forms of regular verbs:

I did, you did, he did, she did, it did, we did, you did, they did

I did not, you did not, he did not, she did not, it did not, we did not, you did not, they did not

I didn’t, you didn’t, he didn’t, she didn’t, it didn’t, we didn’t, you didn’t, they didn’t

I did not laugh. I didn’t laugh.

Did you laugh? Didn’t you laugh? Did you not laugh?

Simple past forms:

S + did not / didn’t + bare infinitive (infinitive without “to”) + O.

She did not know that. / She didn’t know that.

Be careful: do not say “I did not learnED” (WRONG!!) > “I did not learn” is the correct form

More examples:

She did not learn any English.

They didn’t eat their food.

He didn’t know how to pronounce the word

Didn’t + S + bare infinitive + O ?

Did + S + not + bare infinitive + O ?

Didn’t they arrive on time?

Did they not arrive on time?

Be careful: do not say “Did they not arrivED?” (WRONG!!) > “Did they not arrivE?” is the correct form

More examples:

Did he learn any Spanish?

Didn’t they eat their food?

Did he not phone you?

This tense is used for:

1/ completed actions – when it is over:

He lived there when he was 10.

He completed the course last week.

2/ when I focus on the duration of an action:

He learned English for 2 years.

He was there for most of his life.

3/ when an action has happened once, never or several times in the past:

He went to school every day.

He never met his grandfather.

4/ for a series of actions in the past:

I opened the book, I read, I learned something new.

5/ for facts or generalisations in the past:

They used to live in tents.

They were very famous at the time.

Signal words / adverbs of time that go with this tense:

1/ LAST…

Last week

last Friday

last time

2/ IN…

in September

in 1995

in the summer

3/ WHEN…

when she was a child

when I was 21

when that happened



the other day

English Speaking Practise for do did past simple.


Questions and Answers

Did you do the shopping?

Yes, I did do the shopping.

Did you remember the milk?

No, I forgot the milk.

Did they bring the desert?

No, they did not bring desert.

When did you come to England?

I came to England when I was 21.

What did you do yesterday?

I can’t remember what I did yesterday.

What did they do last Friday?

They did the washing last Friday.

What did we do in September?

We did our exams in September.

Did he learn Spanish?

No, he didn’t but he did learn French.

Why didn’t they arrive on time?

They didn’t arrive on time because the train was late.

Why didn’t they eat their food?

They didn’t eat their food because they were not hungry.

Lesson 27 recap with Julia

Hi guys! Welcome back! Let’s do the recap together of lesson 27! In today’s recap video I would like to go over lots of vocabulary of the house, language learning and prepositions before doing a grammar review with you looking at the negative and interrogative forms in the past simple so using the auxiliary “DID”. Let’s start off with vocabulary related to the house:

the door

to answer the door

fizzy drinks

fizzy water

a bottle

a hallway

a fridge

= refrigerator

Let’s look at vocabulary related to language learning:


This word is to not be confused with:
“the English”

If you put an article before, you’re referring to the English people. So if you say” I like English” that means that you like the English language. “I like the English ” that means that you like people from England.

Be careful there! More vocabulary:

to learn

to teach

an auxiliary = an auxiliary verb

a tense

to vary

to do very well

the present

Here I’d like to highlight the difference. Sometimes we have the same word used as a noun and a verb. But the intonation changes. If you say: “the present”, you emphasise the beginning of the word. If you were to use that same word but as a verb: “to present”. Do you see how the intonation changes?

the present

the tense

Today’s dialogue also contains two very interesting prepositions: “after” and

You will be using these prepositions quite often, I assume, especially when summarising a text or telling a story. What’s interesting with these two prepositions is that they can be followed by the “ing form”.

After leaving the house, I went food shopping.

Before leaving the house, I cleaned the kitchen.

for example

I’m referring to the household chores that we saw in the previous recap video. So try and make your own sentences. You can obviously use these two prepositions “after” and “before” with your Subject + Verb but also with an “ing form”.

Before I leave

before leaving

after I leave

after leaving

Now let’s look at your grammar point of today: the negative and interrogative forms in the simple past. For those who are already familiar with the simple past, I would like to just highlight one of the most common mistakes that I hear. I’d like you to watch out for that and try and avoid making this mistake. What you already know is that in the simple past, we generally add an -ED in the affirmative form.

Yesterday I learned about the simple past (I can’t remember the grammar point but let’s imagine it was the simple past)

Yesterday I learned (“ED” ending) about the simple past.

So here you add -ED.

In today’s grammar point you’re going to see the negative and the interrogative form. To form a sentence in the simple past in the negative form or in a question form, you need to use an auxiliary which is in the simple past DO becomes DID.

I did not learn

Did you learn?

The mistake that I hear is – so do not make this mistake:

I did not learned

Did you learned?

That’s the mistake for you to avoid. So what happens here is you’re so used to hearing “I learned” that you’re tempted to say “Did I learned? – I didn’t learned”, ok? So just be careful there! Otherwise I think that the grammar point of today is quite
straightforward. Just get some practice with the exercises. I don’t think it’s worth us going through the examples together. But I am still tempted to put a few examples up here on these screen. Let’s just do three or four examples

So just repeat after me

did he live in London?

they lived in London, didn’t they?

they didn’t live in London

That’s it for today guys! Thanks for watching I hope you enjoyed this recap video as well as the lesson itself. I look forward to seeing you next time!

Bye bye!

Exercises Lesson 27

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice

do did past simple