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Unit 6 - Lesson 30 - The Simple Past Negative
The Present Simple Past
In spoken English, the following contraction is often used:
|I/he/she/it/you/we/you/they||did not||did not have||did not read||did not like||did not eat||did not drink|
|I/he/she/it/you/we/you/they||didn't||didn't have||didn't read||didn't like||didn't eat||didn't drink|
In order to change an affirmative statement into a negative statement, did not is placed after the subject, and the form of the verb is changed to the bare infinitive.
|Positive statement||Negative statement|
|I worked.||I didn't work.|
|You worked. (singular 1 and plural 1+)||You didn't work.|
|He/She worked.||He/She didn't work.|
|It worked.||It didn't work|
|We worked.||We didn't work.|
|They worked.||They didn't work.|
What Mr Bean did and didn't do yesterday.
|On Saturday Mr Bean didn't wake up at 6.00 am. He woke up at 8.00 am.|
|He didn't get up at 6.15 am. He got up at 9.00 am.|
|He didn't go to the office. He went to the bathroom.|
|He didn't have a shower. He had a bath.|
|After his shower he didn't have a cup of coffee. He had a shave and brushed his teeth.|
|He didn't eat breakfast at about 7.00 am. He ate breakfast at about 10.00 am.|
|After breakfast he didn't read the newspaper. He went for a run.|
|After his run he didn't go to work. He went to meet his friends.|
Pronunciation and Spelling Tip - Some irregular verbs to listen to and learn.
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Test the simple past negative - rewrite the sentences in the negative - Write It!
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For homework, tell us something you didn't do yesterday.
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