Simple Past Tense



Simple Past Tense :



Read the following passage.

I bought my car just last month. I decided to buy it by paying monthly installments. I spoke to the branch manager at the bank and he agreed to give me a loan. My family loved the car immediately. We went to the temple first, sought God’s blessings and then drove down to the beach. The ride was so smooth that it felt as if we were floating on a cloud.

The words in bold are all in the simple past tense.

The simple past tense is used to express an action that took place at some point of time in the past.

For example :

We came to Dehradun two years ago.

The simple past tense is used to express an action that took place over a period of time in the past.

For example :

She worked in the hospital for twelve years.

The simple past tense is used to express a past habit - words like always, never, often, sometimes are used in such sentences.

For example :

My uncle always played cricket with us during the vacations.

The simple past tense is used to express a condition that has not occurred.

For example :

If I knew you needed the money, I would have brought my cheque book.

The following paragraph used the simple past tense of the verbs.

Akbar wanted to test the intelligence of Birbal. So, he decided to ask him a question that Birbal could not answer. He asked Birbal if he knew how many crows were there in his kingdom. Birbal thought for a moment and answered that there were one lakh, ten thousand and forty nine crows. Akbar was surprised. He questioned Birbal on how he knew the exact number. Akbar told Birbal that he would get his men to count the number of crows and if the number did not match, Birbal would be punished. Birbal replied that if there were more crows then it meant that the relatives of the crows from other kingdoms would be visiting them and if there were fewer crows then it meant that the crows would be visiting their relatives in the other kingdoms.



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