We use past tense to talk about:
–> something that happened once in the past:
- I met my wife in 1983.
- We went to Spain for our holidays.
- They got home very late last night.
–> something that happened again and again in the past:
- When I was a boy I walked a mile to school every day.
- We swam a lot while we were on holiday.
- They always enjoyed visiting their friends.
–> something that was true for some time in the past:
- I lived abroad for ten years.
- He enjoyed being a student.
- She played a lot of tennis when she was younger.
–> we often use phrases with ago with the past tense:
- I met my wife a long time ago.
The form of the Past Simple is the same in all persons.
We use did to make questions with the past tense.
We use did + subject + infinitive (without to) in all persons:
- When did you meet your wife?
- Where did you go for your holidays?
- Did she play tennis when she was younger?
- Did you live abroad?
But look at these questions with who:
- Who discovered penicillin?
- Who wrote Don Quixote?
- Did you like the film? No, I didn’t.
- Did she enjoy the party? Yes, she did.
We use didn’t (did not) to make negatives with the past tense.
We use didn’t + infinitive (without to) in all persons:
- They didn’t go to Spain this year.
- We didn’t get home until very late last night.
- I didn’t see you yesterday.