Quando si usa Il Simple Past è il tempo verbale inglese che esprime il concetto generale di un’azione che si è svolta nel passato e non ha più nessun rapporto con il presente.

Per poter mettere un verbo al Simple Past

L’azione deve essersi svolta nel passato ed essere finita nel momento in cui si parla.

 Use of the Simple Past

Actions finished in the past

visited London last week.

Series of completed actions in the past

got up on Friday June 24, 2016 and watched the tragic  results of Brexit.

Signal words

  • yesterday
  • last week
  • a month ago
  • in 1492 Columbus sailed the ocean blue.
  • on Thursday June 23 the UK voted to leave the EU.

Affirmative sentences in the Simple Past – regular verbs

Long forms Contracted forms
cleaned my Ferrari. not possible
You cleaned your Ferrari.
He cleaned his Ferrari.

Affirmative sentences in the Simple Past – irregular verbs

Long forms Contracted forms
went to Rome. not possible
You went to Rome.
He went to Rome.

Negative sentences in the Simple Past

Do not negate a main verb in English. Always use the auxiliary did (Simple Past of to do) and the infinitive of the verb for negations.

There is no difference between regular and irregular verbs in negative sentences.

Long forms Contracted forms
did not go to Rome. didn’t go to Rome.
You did not go the Rome. You didn’t go to Rome.
He did not go to Rome. He didn’t go to Rome.

 Questions in the Simple Past

You need the auxiliary did and the infinitive of the verb.

Long forms Contracted forms
Did I play the Stock Market? not possible
Did you play the Stock Market?
Did he play the Stock Market?



Regular verbs

vote- voted

work – worked


play – played

watch – watched


Irregular verbs

go – went

see –saw


eat – ate

drink –drank

say- said


Britain voted to leave the EU on Thursday June 23, 2016.

Written by

Vincent Towerpast

English Language Consultant for Business English courses and Journalist - Foreign Correspòndent