Elementary Grammar Exercise

Past Tense - Set:1 Simple Past

 Question
Exercise: fill in blanks with correct options.

    

Simple Past Tense

We use the simple past for complete finished actions. We often use it in stories.

They went to town last week.
He returned the book to the library and took another.

We form the Past Simple of "be" like this:

1) Positive:Singular

I was
you were
he/she/it was

2) Positive:Plural

We/you/they were

3) Negative:Singular (normal - contraction)

I was not - I wasn't
you were not - you weren't
he/she/it was not - he/she/it wasn't

4) Negative:Plural (normal - contraction)

We/you/they were not - We/you/they weren't

5) Questions:Singular

Was I right?
Were you right?
Was he/she/it right?

6) Questions:Plural

Were we/you/they right?

 Answer Sheet
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1. Today is Saturday and we are at home, but yesterday we __ at school.
Exerciseis

Exercisewas

Exercisewere

2. It __ cold yesterday.
Exerciseis

Exercisewas

Exercisewere

3. __ the people friendly when you lived in the small town?
ExerciseIs

ExerciseWas

ExerciseWere

4. She __ on vacation last week.
Exerciseis

Exercisewas

Exercisewere

5. My cousins __ in town last month.
Exerciseis

Exercisewas

Exercisewere

6. The house was old? No, it __ old, it __ new.
Exerciseisn't is

Exercisewasn't was

Exerciseweren't were

7. I feel better today but yesterday I __ in bed all day.
Exerciseis

Exercisewas

Exercisewere

8. __ the city excite at night when you spent last week in New York?
ExerciseIs

ExerciseWas

ExerciseWere

9. __ the shops expensive when you spent last weekend in Los Angeles?
ExerciseIs

ExerciseWas

ExerciseWere

10. The neighours were Indian? No, they __ Indian, they __ Pakistanis.
Exerciseisn't is

Exercisewasn't was

Exerciseweren't were


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