31 Past Simple – Interrogative

Verbs

The Past Simple is the tense used to talk about situations, events and actions that happened in the past.

The Interrogative form is used to ask questions about the past.

The Past Simple of both regular and irregular* verbs in their Interrogative form has this structure:
Auxiliary verb “did” + subject + base form of the verb + question mark (?) (“did” is the past form of the verb “do”).

DID SUBJECT VERB
Did I work?
Did you work?
Did he work?
Did she work?
Did it work?
Did we work?
Did you work?
Did they work?

*Questions and negatives of irregular verbs have the same structure of regular verbs.

  • Did I bake delicious biscuits yesterday?
  • Did he study a lot for the exams?
  • Did they travel around the world?

We use the Past Simple tense to ask questions about:

  • Short finished actions and events that occurred;
  • Long finished situations that occurred;
  • Repeated events and habits that took place in the past;
  • Past events and we use time expressions such as: Two weeks ago, last year, in 2010, yesterday, etc.

We use the Past Simple tense when we wish to talk about situations that occurred in the past and have now concluded. When used in its Interrogative form, we can use it to form questions.

The Past Simple in their Interrogative form has this structure:
Auxiliary verb “did” + subject + base form of the verb + question mark (?) (e.g. Did you study?) (“did” is the past form of the verb “do”).

For example:
— “Did you study?” = We use the Past Simple in its Interrogative form to ask questions about a past event.

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