Definition of Past Indefinite Tense
The Past Indefinite Tense, commonly known as Basic or Simple Past Tense is used to describe an event or series of events or a habit that has occurred and has been completed in the past, irrespective of the time frame.
Features of Past Indefinite Tense:
- Usually Second form of verb or Past Participle is used to explicit the activity/event/action/state or being in the past.
- Time of the action may or may not be mentioned but it is obvious that action being described has already taken place in the past.
- The subject/object do not experience any change in Past Indefinite Tense, whereas it’s only the action verb which gets changed in reference to past participle.
Universal Rules of Past Indefinite Tense:
Rule 1: For Positive Sentence
SUBJECT + VERB (SECOND FORM) + OBJECT + FULL STOP (.)
I went to college.Example:
- You left the place early.
- They called the police.
- We played football.
- Prateek enjoyed the trip.
Rule 2: For Negative Sentence
- I did not go to college.
- You did not leave the place early.
- They did not call the police.
- We did not play football.
- Prateek did not enjoy the trip.
Rule 3: For Interrogative Sentence
- Did I go to college?
- Did you leave the place early?
- Did they call the police?
- Did we play football?
- Did Prateek enjoy the trip?
Rule 4: For Interrogative and Negative Sentence
- Did I not go to college?
- Did you not leave the place early?
- Did they not call the police?
- Did we not play football?
- Did Prateek not enjoy the trip?
Application of Past Indefinite Tense:
Use 1: For activities or events that have been completed in the past with no connection to the present.
- Britishers ruled India.
Use 2: For activities or events that have been completed in the past with a proper time frame.
- I went to watch a movie yesterday.
Use 3: Most common usage of Past Indefinite Tense is while narrating a story/sequence of list of events.
- I went to café, sat down and ordered a cup of coffee.
Use 4: Past Indefinite Tense is used as a part of conditional sentence.
- If I won the quiz Contest, I would throw a party.
Use 5: For mentioning a habit from the past which no longer prevails in present, Past Indefinite Tense is applicable.
- Prateek used to bit nails when he was in school.