GRAMMAR 2 (The Verb "to be" Simple Past Tense (First Person (The…
The Verb "to be" Simple Past Tense
The uses of the Simple Past are somewhat similar to the uses of the Simple Present, except that past states or actions are expressed
The Simple Past of the verb to be is conjugated as follows:
I was a litle boy
We were on vacation
You were in my house
You were in a big group
He, she, it was
She was sleeping
They were singing
I, He, She, It, wasn't
We, you, they, weren't
The Verb “to be” Simple Past Tense
I /be/ a teacher.
I am a person.
I was a teacher.
I was not a monkey.
Questions (Short and Long) Answers
Was she on the moon? Question.
Yes, she was on the moon. Affirmative Sentence. (Long Answer)
She was not in the moon. Negative Sentence.
Yes, she was. Affirmative Answer. (Short Answer)
No, she was not. Negative Answers.
No, she wasn’t. Contraction Form
Always remember to use one exclamation point at the end (!) when writing an exclamation in English
What a beautiful day it is!
Other Verb – Simple Present Tense
English verbs may have different forms, depending on the subject of the verb, and depending on when the action expressed by the verb takes place.
Example:We live in the city.
He lives on Queen Street
For third person “s” is added to the verb. The verb for first and second person keeps
Example: Play tennis
You We They
He She It
For negative sentences are necessary the use of the auxiliary “do” and “does” + the adverb “not”. The “s” is deleted for third person. Auxiliaries are verbs which are combined with other verbs to form various tenses. It should be noted that when an auxiliary is combined with another verb, it is the auxiliary which must agree with the subject, while the form of the other verb remains invariable
Example: I do not play tennis. He does not play tennis.
You We They
don’t play tennis
He She It
doesn’t play tennis
Other Verbs -Simple Present Tense
The Simple Present of the auxiliary do is added before the subject, and the infinitive of the verb is placed after the subject. For example:
Affirmative Statement Question
I work. You work. He works.
Do I work? Do you work?
Does he work?
She works. It works.
Does she work? Does it work?
Do we work?
Do they work?
Here there are some exclamations with verbs in Simple Present.
Short and Long Answers
Do I work? Question
Yes, I work. Affirmative Sentence. (Long Answer)
Yes, I do. Affirmative Sentence. (Short Answer)
No, I do not work. Negative Sentence. (Long Answer)
No, I don’t work. Contraction Form.
No, I don’t. Negative Sentence. (Short Answer)