Past Simple Tense

The past simple verb tense is used when:

The action happened in the past

The action/event is completed /finished at the time of speaking.

The time or/and place is stated or understood.

The length of the event/action is not important.


  • I went to the school.
  • We did not not to the English class today.
  • They did eat lunch at school.

Note:In English, following phrases are often used with the Past Simple Tense to define time:
yesterday last year
last night two years
last month ago
many years ago a long time ago