Past Indefinite Tense | How to Learn with Formulas Examples

Learn Past Indefinite Tense with the help of definition, formulas, recognition, examples, rules, and exercises.

Past Indefinite Tense | How to Learn with Formulas Examples

STEP – I

Past = passed/gone

Indefinite = that is for unknown length of time

Tense = time period/verb

Present Indefinite Tense = any action happened for unknown length of time in past times

STEP-II

Definition of Past Indefinite Tense:

In this tense anything is done, happened  or borne in just past times.

Recognition of Past Indefinite Tense in English:

S + 2nd form of Verb + O

They did their duty.

First of all, subject is placed at the start of sentence then 2nd form of verb and object at the end with full stop.

Examples:

* 2nd V=Second form of verb

S    +     2nd V  +      O

SIIVO
Heatebread
SIIVO
Moosaatefood
SIIVO
IwentEngland

Note:In this tense, we will not add “s”  or  “es” at the end of verb.

STEP – III

Exercise:

SIIVO
Weplayedcricket

We played cricket. 

SIIVO
Youdrovea car

You drove a car.

STEP – IV

Negative Sentence of Past Indefinite Tense:

To make a sentence negative, add only “did not“right after subject. Let us formulate it.

S +  did not+1V  +O

Remember, after adding ‘did not’, it is compulsory to change the 2nd form of the verb 1st form.

Sdid not1VO
Hedid notgoschool

He did not go to school.

Sdid not1VO
Ali and Amirdid nottella lie

Amir and Ali did not tell a lie.

STEP -V

Interrogative Sentence of Past Indefinite Tense:

To make a sentence interrogative, add “did”  right before subject. Let us formulate it.

Did + S  + 1V  + O + ?

DidS1VO?
DidAamirgomarket?

Did he go to the market?

DidS1VO?
Didtheydohomework?

Did they do homework?

STEP -VI

Interro-Negative Sentence of Past Indefinite Tense:

To make a sentence interro-negative, add “did” right before the subject of a negative sentence and put sign of interrogation at the end. Let us formulate it.

S +  + 2nd V  + O (Simple)
S +  did not +1V  + O (-ve)
Now Interronegative Sentence
Did + S+not +1V  + O? 

DidSnot1VO?
Didtheynotgoschool?

Did they not go school?

Both the ‘did not’ and ‘first form of the verb’ express the meanings of past tense/past participle/second form of the verb.

DidSnot1VO?
 Didtheynotdohomework?

Did they not do homework?

You should also learn:

Present Indefinite Tense

Future Indefinite Tense

Future Continuous Tense

English Tenses Complete

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