Free English Course Online 30
- Vocabulary related to language and teaching
- Simple Past – regular verbs
1/ Vocabulary Practice
- the past
- 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
- many more.
- a French teacher of English
- native people
- to pronounce badly
- to find
2/ Grammar Practice
Regular verbs in the simple past or past simple.
How to form the simple past
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.
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
Didn’t + S + bare infinitive + O ?
Did + S + not + bare infinitive + O ?
Didn’t they arrive on time?
Did they not arrive on time?
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:
2/ If a verb ends in a vowel and a consonant, the consonant is usually doubled before the -ED:
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:
Signal words / adverbs of time that go with this tense:
in the 19th century
when I was 5
when I was a child
when I had a cat
the other day
3/ 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.
4/ Practice Quiz
Complete the quizzes below.
- Today’s comprehension interactive video:
- Today’s sentences drag and drop:
- Today’s grammar fill in the right words: