Past Simple Examples

Take a look at these past simple examples.

These are example of people saying basic sentences in the past simple from TV and movies.

Talking about the past

Here are some examples of people using the past simple to talk about what they did in the past.

And what other people did in the past…

Sometimes people use the past tense to speak more politely when talking about the present (it’s less direct).

Learn by practicing these key example sentences and get a feel for how people use the past simple.

The past simple is a very common English tense. People often talk about what happened in the past.

What next?

When you’re comfortable with these basic sentences, you can think more about the meaning of the past simple.

Or look at examples of other tenses.