Past Indefinite Tense Examples

Past Indefinite Tense:

The activity or habit that started in the past and ended at a specific point in time in the past is called the Past Indefinite Tense.

Then it is understood that in order to describe a work in Past Indefinite Tense, there must be two conditions. They are:

  1. Work, condition, or habit must begin in the past and end in the past.
  2. The results of the work must also be the past. Time markers (Then, yesterday, ago, in those days, at that time, at that moment, last+ time / day / date / year, etc.) can also be used to clearly indicate the outcome of a task.

Structure of the sentence:

Past Indefinite Tense

Past Indefinite Tense Examples:

  • I finished the work a couple of minutes ago.
  • We decided to meet our English teacher.
  • At that time, he was not at home.
  • He had his breakfast early in the morning.
  • That day I happened to meet him at the grocery market.
  • I went to New York last week.
  • William lost his favorite watch two days ago.

Structure of negative sentence:

Simply add ‘did not/didn’t’ after the subject and change the past form of the verb into the present form. These two changes are required to make a negative Past Indefinite Tense. Generally ‘Time markers’ are not needed in the negative form of sentences.

Example:

  • I did not finish the work.
  • We did not decide to meet our English teacher.
  • He didn’t have his breakfast.
  • I didn’t go to New York.
  • William didn’t lose his favorite watch.

Structure of interrogative sentence:

Simply add ‘did’ before the subject and change the past form of the verb into the present form. These two changes are required to make an Interrogative Past Indefinite Tense. Generally ‘Time markers’ are not needed in the interrogative form of sentences.

Example:

  • Did I finish the work?
  • Did we decide to meet our English teacher?
  • Did he have his breakfast early in the morning?
  • Did I go to New York?
  • Did William lose his favorite watch?
  • Didn’t he find me at the grocery market?

Past indefinite tense with was/were:

‘Was / were’ can be used as a main verb in this tense to describe a situation in the past or to mean something happened to someone. To make the sentence negative with ‘was/were’ as the main verb, use ‘not’ with ‘was/were’, and to make the sentence interrogative, use ‘was/were’ before the subject.

Example:

  • He was a professor at this college.
  • They were very happy to see the success of their sons.
  • He was not a professor at this college.
  • People were not happy.
  • Was he a good student?
  • Were you present at the meeting?
  • Were you happy to receive the gift from your husband?
  • Were you present at the meeting?

Past indefinite tense with modal auxiliary:

Modal auxiliaries can be used in the Past Indefinite Tense.

Example:

  • He could Hindi and Bengali.
  • I could not go to attend the meeting.
  • He used to help me learn English.

More Past Indefinite Tense Examples:

  • I requested my friend to help me.
  • He prepared his lessons for his class.
  • They played cricket in the field.
  • He came to my house yesterday.
  • He went to the grocery store to buy some groceries.
  • We took my friend to the hospital for proper treatment.
  • My friend fell ill, so he stayed in bed.
  • His parents called a doctor.
  • The doctor gave him some medicine.
  • The medicine worked and he got well.
  • It rained yesterday.
  • My brother did not sing a song at the party.
  • Our cricket team did not play the match.
  • Did I teach him English?
  • Did you go to the bridal party to sing a song?

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