Simple Past Tense
a. It expresses an action completed in past at a definite time. There is often an adverbial of time in the sentence.
I met him yesterday.
“Yesterday” is an adverbial of time.
b. It indicates an action that clearly took place at a definite time, though the time is not mentioned.
How did you get your present job?
I bought this car in Islamabad.
c. It shows an action whose time is not given but which occupied a period of time now ended.
He worked in that bank for four years.
He does not work there now.
d. It indicates a very recent past.
· He bought a pen.
· Zahid told a lie.
· The fog stole a piece of meat.
· They bought new pens.
· My brother brought a dozen bananas.
· We saw the zoo.
· The guard blew a whistle.
· He got a first prize.
· He came from his office two hours ago.
· She went to school an hour ago.
· She asked why they had wanted to leave early.
· She asked me if I was looking for my patient.
· She gave all the money to the poor and the needy.
· They reached Lahore some days ago.
· They came when you have left.
· I met her in the plane.
· Allama Iqbal composed many beautiful poems for us.
· Quaid-e-Azam undertook a country-wide tour.
· The water was drunk daily.
· The fire burnt at night.
· They did not listen to me.
· You did not solve the sum.
· He did not send me a gift.
· The weaver did not weave the cloth.
· The crow did not drink water.
· The gardener did not pluck flowers.
· The peon did not ring the bell.
· He did not kill the snake.
· Did they see lion?
· Did you aim at the dove?
· Did the horse run fast?
· Did he bring apples?
· Did they catch the thief?
· Did Zahid stand first in the examination?
· Did it rain yesterday?
· Did you learn the poem by heart?
· Did she comb her hair?
· Did the match end in a draw?