Unit 6.1

Past Simple Interrogative

Tenses

The past simple is the tense used to express situations, events and actions that happened in the past.

When expressed in its interrogative form, it is used to ask questions about the past.

The past simple of both regular and irregular* verbs in its interrogative form has this structure:
Did + subject + verb + …?

  • Did is the past form of the verb do.
DidSubjectVerbQuestion
Mark
DidIwork?
Didyouwork?
Didhework?
Didshework?
Diditwork?
Didwework?
Didyouwork?
Didtheywork?

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

  1. Did I plant some trees yesterday?
  2. Did study about plants for the exams?
  3. Did the school decide that all students should do exercise?
  4. Did they travel all over the place?

We use past simple, in the interrogative form, to ask questions about:

  1. Actions, situations and events that occurred and finished in the past;
  2. Repeated events and habits that took place in the past;
  3. Past events and with time expressions such as: two weeks agolast yearin 2010yesterday

We use the past simple, in its interrogative form, to ask about situations that occurred and finished in the past.

When we use the past simple in its negative form, we start with did followed by the subject and the verb in its base form (the sentence ends with a question mark).

For example:
— “Did you ask?” = The sentence is in the past simple interrogative, so we start with did and we use the base form of the verb to ask (ask).

Let’s revise this content within the {Form} section. Take a look at the {Example} section that shows its use within a context.

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