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Unit 7 - Lesson 31 - The Past Simple, Questions
Did I? + Why?
In order to change an affirmative statement into a negative statement, did not is placed after the subject, and the form of the verb is changed to the bare infinitive.
|Positive statement||Negative statement|
|I worked.||I didn't work.|
|You worked. (singular 1 and plural 1+)||You didn't work.|
|He/She worked.||He/She didn't work.|
|It worked.||It didn't work|
|We worked.||We didn't work.|
|They worked.||They didn't work.|
The Past Simple - "Did I?"
To form a question use the conjugated helping verb 'did' + subject + infinitive.
|Positive statement||Negative statement||Question ?|
|I worked.||I didn't work.||Did I work?|
|You worked. (singular 1 and plural 1+)||You didn't work.||Did you work?|
|He/She worked.||He/She didn't work.||Did he/she work?|
|It worked.||It didn't work||Did it work?|
|We worked.||We didn't work.||Did we work?|
|They worked.||They didn't work.||Did they work?|
|Did||I/he/she/it/we/you/ they||have something?||do something?||like something?||want something?|
More Questions - "Why?"
We use "why" to ask for a reason.
"Why do people smoke, even though they know it's bad for them?"
Study the word order in these questions:-
|did(n't)||+ subject||+ infinitive|
|Who||did||you||see||at the park?|
Now let's ask Mr Bean what he did at work yesterday
|"Mr Bean, what did you do yesterday?"||"I taught a new class."|
|"What did you teach them?"||"I taught them English."|
|"Did you walk to work?"||"No, I didn't walk, I drove."|
|"Where did you go, before you got to work?"||"I went to the newsagents."|
|"Why did you go to the newsagents?"||"I went there to buy a newspaper."|
|"When did you start work?"||"I started at 9.00 am."|
|"How many classes did you teach?"||"I taught three classes."|
|"Did you teach any evening classes?"||"No, I didn't."|
|"Did you teach English last Saturday?"||"Yes, I did."|
|"Did anyone else teach English yesterday?"||"Yes, Miss Smith taught my old class."|
|"Did she teach on Saturday?"||"No, she didn't."|
|"What time did you finish work?"||"I finished at 4 o'clock."|
More English Lessons
Test the past simple questions - rewrite the sentences so that they are correct - Write It!
Practise Your English
Ask me what I did yesterday.
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