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Present Perfect vs Simple Past Tense! Differences? Ask Alisha
The Past Simple Tense
Questions can be a little difficult in English. For example: Do you like chocolate? Is he from India? Have you been to Japan? A 'wh' one needs more information in the answer. It uses a question word like 'where', 'why', 'how' etc.
Mixed Exercise 2
Click here to learn about how to USE the past simple. It's similar to the present simple because it has different rules for the verb 'be', which becomes 'was' or 'were':. Positive with 'be' I was cold you were tired he was in the garden she was late it was sunny we were on holiday they were hungry. Negative with 'be' Negative Short Form I was not sleepy I was n't sleepy you were not on the bus you were n't on the bus he was not at school he was n't at school she was not beautiful she was n't beautiful it was not cold it was n't cold we were not at work we were n't at work they were not tired they were n't tired. Here's an exercise to practise the positive and negative forms with 'be'. And the 'wh' questions with 'be' the question word just goes at the beginning, everything else is the same :. Here's another exercise with 'be' this time it's all forms - positive, negative and questions Welcome to Perfect English Grammar!
The Present Perfect Simple is used, if an action happened in the past and there is a connection to the present. This action has just stopped or is still going on. There's no exact time expressed when the action happened. Key words: already , just , yet , ever , never , for , since , so far , up to now , not yet , lately , recently. I 've never been there before.
Also, here's some help if you are not sure how to pronounce '-ed' at the end of a verb. Positive Positive Short Form I have played I 've played you have worked you 've worked he has written he 's written she has walked she 's walked it has rained it 's rained we have travelled we 've travelled they have studied they 've studied. Try an exercise about the positive form here. Negative Negative Short Form I have not eaten breakfast today I haven't eaten you have not been to Asia you haven't been he has not seen the new film he hasn't seen she has not played tennis she hasn't played it has not snowed this winter it hasn't snowed we have not slept all night we haven't slept they have not tried the food they haven't tried. Try an exercise about the negative form here.