ESL Past Simple

ESL Past Simple


ESL Past Simple

Learn how to use the past simple in English. In this video we take a look at the past simple. We look at some of its rules and common uses and present some examples to help beginners.


Okay, guys. So today we are going to be talking about the past simple. Okay. So let’s take a look at an example of the past simple. “I slept lastnight.” So that is an event that occurred. It happened yesterday. Yes, so it happened yesterday in the night. So it was an event that was started and was completed in the past. So, for this, we would use the past simple.

So here’s another definition. Used to talk about completed events, states, or actions. So another example would be: “I finished my homework yesterday.” So very good that we understand that. Let’s look at some more examples. “I worked all night last night.” So yesterday you started working,  and you finish working.

So it was a complete event or action, I’m not sure. Whatever it was, it was completed last night. For that, we would use the past simple: ‘He played football last year’. Last year was an event that finished, so in this case we would say, ‘He played football.’ We have a nice player from Manchester United playing football, doing his thing, and he played football last year. Then here, we have a beautiful lady, they’re dancing, and they probably danced maybe last week sometime, or maybe I don’t even know. Maybe there was a party 3 weeks ago. If that was me and a beautiful lady, I would say, ‘We danced at the party,’ because it was an event that happened at some time in the past, and it . . .

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