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:

  1. Usually Second form of verb or Past Participle is used to explicit the activity/event/action/state or being in the past.
  2. 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.
  3. 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:

  1. You left the place early.
  2. They called the police.
  3. We played football.
  4. Prateek enjoyed the trip.

 

Rule 2: For Negative Sentence

SUBJECT + DID NOT + VERB (FIRST FORM) + OBJECT + FULL STOP (.)

Example:

  1. I did not go to college.
  2. You did not leave the place early.
  3. They did not call the police.
  4. We did not play football.
  5. Prateek did not enjoy the trip.

 

Rule 3: For Interrogative Sentence

DID + SUBJECT + VERB (FIRST FORM) + OBJECT + QUESTION MARK (?)

Example:

  1. Did I go to college?
  2. Did you leave the place early?
  3. Did they call the police?
  4. Did we play football?
  5. Did Prateek enjoy the trip?

 

Rule 4: For Interrogative and Negative Sentence

DID + SUBJECT + NOT + VERB (FIRST FORM) + OBJECT + QUESTION MARK (?)

Example:

  1. Did I not go to college?
  2. Did you not leave the place early?
  3. Did they not call the police?
  4. Did we not play football?
  5. 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.

Example:

  1. Britishers ruled India.

Use 2: For activities or events that have been completed in the past with a proper time frame.

Example:

  1. 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.

Example:

  1. 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.

Example:

  1. 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.

Example:

  1. Prateek used to bit nails when he was in school.

 

 

 

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