the past simple - definition and synonyms

noun linguistics 

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/ˌpɑːst ˈsɪmp(ə)l /
  1. the tense used to talk about habitual actions, behaviour, or situations that happened or existed before now. The simple past of regular verbs consists of the infinitive with ‘-d’ or ‘-ed’ added, for examplearrived’ in the sentence ‘She arrived yesterday’. The auxiliarydid’ is used in questions and negatives, for example in the sentences ‘Did you see that?’ and ‘Sometimes his plans did not succeed’.