Regular verbs in the simple past explained in the English Course Lesson 30

This English lesson 30 is focusing on regular verbs in the simple past and the spelling changes  that happen.

How to form a regular verb in the simple past

Positive form:

S + bare infinitive + -ed + O.

He learnED English.

He workED there for five years.

Yesterday we stayED with our uncle and aunt.

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Hi students welcome back I’m Julia, your online English teacher and in today’s
lesson we will be looking at the regular verbs in the simple past. Now lesson 30 is going to bring you to the next level. We’ve looked at did, we’ve looked at the auxiliary to do in the simple past, we’ve looked at the verb to be, we’ve looked at the verb to have. Now we are going to look at more verbs. So as of today you
will know how to express yourself in one of the preterite forms in one of the simple past forms so what’s interesting
with regular verbs in the simple past is
that they end in E D. So there’s a very very important pronunciation aspect in
today’s lesson and I think I do go over and over this during the recap video. In the grammar section of today’s lesson that’s also something that has been emphasized so do pay attention to the pronunciation because if you don’t have any bad habits you don’t have to relearn. So try and learn it perfectly today and you will feel very confident speaking in the simple past so that’s for grammar and pronunciation. As for vocabulary you always have some idioms and everyday expressions and everyday vocabulary. So also play with that new vocabulary make your own sentences. And if you want to share your feedback your examples your questions don’t forget to post in the comment section below and as usual for those that have been with me since the very beginning you’re going to say Julia repeats herself well there are some things that I have to repeat please do turn on their subtitles start off with English then your mother tongue back to English and then turn them off. It is a challenge but it’s a very good challenge it will really boost your capacity to not only concentrate but also understand. That’s it guys now I’m just going to let you follow the structure of the lesson which is: dialogue, vocabulary, grammar, questions and answers and then recap. And that is where you and I coincide again today to review the main points of today’s lesson. Well now that you study and I will see you later. Bye for now.

The simple past of regular verbs and the spelling changes  that occur as a result.

1/English Sentence Practice

Let’s go and eat we can continue this discussion at the dinner table. I am sure that we are all starving.

Sorry, Jeanne, I hope you don’t mind being corrected. Not one little bit. The problem is that people let you make mistakes.

They never correct you. They think it is impolite to do so. In a class with other students, you just learn rules.

The teacher has not the time to correct each mistake. The student thinks he has learned the lesson but he makes mistakes.

It is refreshing to be with people who care enough.It is also very good to talk to people who can explain properly.

Thank you. In many language schools, the teachers are not qualified to teach correctly.

They learned English intuitively. Then they try and explain English with a grammar book.

English is a mix of different grammar systems: Latin, German, French, Celtic pre-roman English and many more.

My English lessons in my French school were with a French teacher of English

I learned grammar but native people who listened to me did not understand me.

This was because of the fact that I pronounced very badly.

I find that the past tense in English is easy for regular verbs. You just have to add ed.

English Vocabulary


2/Vocabulary Practice

  • the past
  • regular
  • to continue the discussion
  • at the dinner table
  • to be corrected
  • Not one little bit
  • to let you make mistakes
  • They never correct you.
  • They think it is impolite to do so.
  • to just learn rules
  • to not have the time
  • to correct each mistake
  • to be refreshing
  • to be with
  • to care enough
  • to explain properly
  • to be qualified
  • to teach correctly
  • to learn intuitively
  • to try to explain
  • a mix
  • grammar systems
  • Latin
  • German
  • French
  • Celtic
  • pre-roman
  • many more.
  • a French teacher of English
  • native people
  • to pronounce badly
  • to find

English Grammar


Regular verbs in the simple past or past simple.

How to form the regular verbs in the simple past

Positive form:

S + bare infinitive + -ed + O.

He learnED English.

He workED there for five years.

Yesterday we stayED with our uncle and aunt.

Last year he playED football every week.

The other day I startED to feel ill.

In August I passED my driving test.

We crossED the road carefully.

We wantED to travel to the UK.

He askED me for advice.

Negative form of regular verbs in the simple past:

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

Question form:

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

This tense is used for:

1/ completed actions – when it is over:

He lived there when he was 10.

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

He learned English for 2 years.

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

He went to school every day.

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.

Some spelling changes sometimes occur!

1/ If a verb ends in -e, you add -d not -ed:

I liked

He agreed

We escaped

we decided

we arrived

2/ If a verb ends in a vowel and a consonant, the consonant is usually doubled before the -ED:

he stopped

we planned

3/ If a verb ends in consonant + -y, you remove the -y and add -ied:

to try > he tried

to cry > we cried

to carry > they carried

4/ If a verb ends in a vowel and -y, you add -ed:

we played

they enjoyed

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


Last week

last Friday

last year

2/ IN

in September

in 2000

in the 19th century


when I was 5

when I was a child

when I had a cat

4/ Other


the other day

English Speaking Practise


Questions and Answers

Did he live in Ireland?

Yes, he lived there when he was 10.

How long did you learn English for?

I learned English for two years.

How often did you go to school for?

I went to school every day for five years.

Did you read the book?

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

Did you read about red Indians?

Yes they used to live in tents.

Can we continue the discussion at the dinner table?

Yes, I am sure we are all starving.

Do you mind being corrected?

No, not at all, it helps me a lot actually.

Did your teacher correct you at school?

No, he did not have the time.

Was your English teacher Spanish?

Yes, how did you know?

Do I pronounce so badly?

No, but you cannot make certain sounds.

English Pronunciation


Let’s look at another vowel sound ai, called diphthong also pronounced diphthong. ai, keep your mouth wide open and your lips relaxed, your bottom jaw is slightly down, your tongue is tense and at the back of your mouth. a. say. late. eighth, April, away, survey, rain. Let’s repeat, a. say. late. eighth, April, away, survey, rain. Now test time, how would you pronounce these words?The answer is, afraid, great, name.That’s it for today see you soon.

Lesson 30 recap with Julia

Hi guys! Welcome back!

Today we’re going to do the recap of lesson 30 together, the very last lesson of level A2.

So I hope this isn’t the last time I see you!

So let’s get started with today’s
pronunciation, followed by vocabulary and grammar.

We’re going to start off with
the -ED endings.

Now we’ve seen this point before, in lesson 28.

Why are the -ED endings and their pronunciation so important?

Well it’s very easy to not pronounce them and be approximate: “I learn…”

“Yesterday I watched”

So the -ED ending unless it’s pronounced or pronounced correctly, it may sound as if you are speaking in the infinitive and not the simple past.

It is just for precision really – to be better understood.

Let’s start off with that. Our -ED endings can be pronounced: /d/, /t/, or /id/.












Now let’s look at your key words that I’ve taken from your dialogue and grammar and question and answers of today!

a grammar system


the past tense

a language school

a grammar book

a native speaker

native people

regular verbs





Now let’s move on to your grammar point of today.

You will have discovered throughout the lesson and your grammar video, the simple past or past simple of
regular verbs.

So with me, all we’re going to do, you and I, is look at the screen here.

We’re going to have different examples that will appear.

I would like you to obviously just conjugate the verb in the simple past

But focus on what we’ve just done which is pronouncing the -ED ending correctly.

So the verb will appear, either with the -ED (positive/ affirmative form) or with no -ED (interrogative or negative form).

In any case, just really focus on
pronunciation and sentence structure.

He learned English.

He worked with me.

We added an exercise.

We pronounced together.

We learned a lot.

They passed their driving test.

She walked to work.

They carried their luggage.

We arrived late.

We focused on the -ED endings.

They opened their grammar book.

They used the grammar book.

The rules helped me to memorise.

We decided to take three lessons per week.

They did not help me.

He did not learn.

Did she arrive?

Did they leave?

Didn’t they leave?

Did they not leave?

Did you learn?

Didn’t you learn?

Did you not learn?

That’s it for today guys!

Thanks ever so much for watching!

I hope that you’ve enjoyed doing these recap videos together!

I really hope that you’ve learned a tremendous amount in this
level A2.

I look forward to seeing you in our next adventure: the B1 level!
Bye bye!

Exercises Lesson 30

Comprehension Practice

Vocabulary Practice

Grammar Practice

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Regular verbs in the simple past