To form the negative of a sentence in the Simple Past you need to use the past form of the auxiliary verb ‘do’ – that is ‘Forming the Negative of the simple past
To form the negative of a sentence in the Simple Past you need to use the past form of the auxiliary verb ‘do’ – that is ‘did‘ + ‘not‘ + the infinitive of the verb you want to use. For example – I did not play.
We often contract did and not into one word – didn’t – for example:
I didn’t play
They didn’t play
She didn’t play
Notice that did and didn’t are invariable – they do not change no matter which pronoun you use.
The Same rule applies for irregular verbs:
Let’s look at leave,come and teach:
I didn’t leave
We didn’t come
He didn’t teach
Here’s an example with the very common irregular verb ‘to go’
She went to school yesterday.
Becomes in the negative:
She did not go to school yesterday.
Remember that ‘went’ is the past form of ‘go‘. I went I didn’t go
She talked to Martin last week.
She did not talk to Martin last week.
You try… Make the sentences with the negative Simple Past
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