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Unit 7 - Lesson 31 - The Past Simple, Questions
Did I? + Why?

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Questions

Who? People
What? Things
Where? Places
When? Time

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.

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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.

For example:-

"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  
  Did he visit you?
  Didn't he visit you?
What did you do yesterday?
When did you finish your course?
Where did you go on holiday?
Who did you see at the park?
Why didn't he visit you?

Now let's ask Mr Bean what he did at work yesterday

"Mr Bean, what did you do yesterday?" Teacher "I taught a new class."
"What did you teach them?"  English Flag "I taught them English."
"Did you walk to work?" Drive "No, I didn't walk, I drove."
"Where did you go, before you got to work?" Drive "I went to the newsagents."
"Why did you go to the newsagents?"   "I went there to buy a newspaper."
"When did you start work?" 9:00 "I started at 9.00 am."
"How many classes did you teach?" 3 "I taught three classes."
"Did you teach any evening classes?" Evening "No, I didn't."
"Did you teach English last Saturday?" Diary "Yes, I did."
"Did anyone else teach English yesterday?" Miss Smith "Yes, Miss Smith taught my old class."
"Did she teach on Saturday?" Diary "No, she didn't."
"What time did you finish work?" 4:00 "I finished at 4 o'clock."

More English Lessons

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Ask me what I did yesterday.

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Week 31

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