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Simple Past Tense

Read these sentences.
1. I went to the fair yesterday.
2. We usually studied in the library before exams.
3. They met Mrs Verma at the station.

The words printed in bold are verbs and they are in the simple past tense. They tell us about action that took place at sometime in the past.
Example :
I went to the fair yesterday.
They also tell us about some past habitual actions.
Example :
We usually studied in the library before exams.

The simple past tense tells us about actions which took place at sometime in the past or talks about some past habitual actions.
FORMS OF THE SIMPLE PAST TENSE
We always use the simple past tense form of the verb.
Example :


1. I went to the fair yesterday.
went is the past tense of the verb 'go'
2. We usually studied in the library before exams.
studied is the past tense of the verb 'study'

A. Fill in the blanks with the simple past tense forms of the verb in brackets.
1. I ............... the answer to that question. (know)
2. The Indian team ............... the match. (lose)
3. The Australian team ............... the match. (win)
4. We ................ the sharp objects away from the baby's reach. (keep)
5. The fisherman ................ his boat. (row)
6. The bird .................. over the tree. (fly)
7. Father ................. a new bicycle for me. (buy)
8. The dog ................. Vani when she was playing with the puppies. (bite)

B. Rewrite the passage. Change the highlighted verbs to the simple past tense.
Everyday I wake up at 6 am. I do yoga. Then I take shower and get ready for school. I eat breakfast and wait for the school bus. My friends greet me when I get into the bus. We talk during our journey and reach our school gate at 8:00 am. We enter our classrooms, keep our bags and then leave for the assembly. We say our prayers and return to our classrooms afterwards.

C. Fill in the blanks with the simple past tense forms of the verbs in the brackets.
1. My mother ................ Mrs Verma in the market. (meet)
2. She ................ us about the new book she had read. (tell)
3. They ................ late to school today. (come)
4. We ................ alms to the poor and needy. (give)
5. Vani ................ this book yesterday. (buy)
6. When my team lost I ............... sad. (be)
7. The cat ................ by the window. (sit)
8. My mother ................... history in my school. (teach)

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