Simple Past


The Simple Past is used to talk about actions or situations in the past. It is also called Past Simple.

Have a look at the following examples:

1) action finished in the past (single or repeated)

I visited Berlin last week.
Andrew watched TV yesterday.

2) series of completed actions in the past

First I got up, then I had breakfast.

3) together with the Past Progressive/Continuous – The Simple Past interrupted an action which was in progress in the past.

They were playing cards when the telephone rang.
1st action: Past Progressive were playing
2nd action: Simple Past rang

Information taken from:


Affirmative Negative Interrogative
I drew my life I did not/didn’t draw my life Did I draw my life?
She said her idea She did not/didn’t say her idea Did she say her idea?

Please check this Prezi presentation to understand this topic a little bit better 🙂


Before going over thousands of exercises about this structure I will recommend you to learn the verbs and its pronunciation, to do that here you have these links:

Learn verbs in simple past: This is the list you need to study and here you have exercises 0, 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 (All irregular verbs)

After those exercises I would recommend you to practise with the structure itself

Chicago’s exercise

Oxford’s exercise

Mixed Exercise in Simple Past

Test: Simple Past: Level 1Level 2Level 3