Unit 6.1

Past Simple Interrogative

Tenses

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Introduction

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.

Form

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.
Did Subject Verb Question
Mark
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 as regular verbs.

Example

  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?

Use

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

Summary

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 interrogative 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 they work on an important project yesterday?” = The sentence is in the past simple interrogative, so we start with did and we use the base form of the verb to work (work).

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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