English Grammar Exercises for A1 – Past simple (negative and interrogative)

1. Make the sentences negative.

1) We went to the music festival.

 ________.

2) Jason listened to music last night.

 ________.

3) The dogs ate its food.

 ________.

4) Henry tidied his bedroom at the weekend.

 ________.

5) I wanted to go to school on Friday.

 ________.

6) George forgot to do his homework.

     ________.

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1) We didn’t go to the music festival.

2) Jason didn’t listen to music last night.

3) The dog didn’t eat its food.

4) Henry didn’t tidy his bedroom at the weekend.

5) I didn’t want to go to school on Friday.

6) George didn’t forget to do his homework.

2. Write negative sentences. Use the past simple form of the verbs below.

do     have     play     see     send     snow     study     surf

1) Fred and I ________. volleyball in the gym.

2) Harry and Dean ________. the internet.

3) I ________. a bad dream last night.

4) A ________. any homework last night.

5) sister ________. biology at school.

6) It ________. last month.

7) Joanne ________. a text to her brother.

8) We ________. a film at the cinema.

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1) didn’t play   2) didn’t surf   3) didn’t have   4) didn’t do

5) didn’t study   6) didn’t snow   7) didn’t send   8) didn’t see

3. Write true sentences about what you did last weekend. Use the past simple affirmative or negative.

1) go to the cinema

     I went to the cinema. / I didn’t go to the cinema.

2) phone friend

 ________

3) buy a magazine

 ________

4) read a newspaper

 ________

5) help with the housework

 ________

6) take a photo

     ________

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2) I phoned friend. / I didn’t phone friend.

3) I bought a magazine. / I didn’t buy a magazine.

4) I read a newspaper. / I didn’t read a newspaper.

5) I helped with the housework. / I didn’t help with the housework.

6) I took a photo. / I didn’t take a photo.

4. Put the words in the correct order to make questions.

1) yesterday / did / have / you / lunch / where

 ________?

2) to school / did / what time / get / on Monday / you

 ________?

3) did / for breakfast / you / what / this morning / have

 ________?

4) in / did / next to / sit / last English lesson / your / you / who

 ________?

5) yesterday / how much / you / water / drink / did

 ________?

6) watch / you / television / last night / did

 ________?

7) this morning / to school / get / how / you / did

     ________?

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1) Where did you have lunch yesterday?

2) What time did you get to school on Monday?

3) What did you have for breakfast this morning?

4) Who did you sit next to in your last English lesson?

5) How much water did you drink yesterday?

6) Did you watch television last night?

7) How did you get to school this morning?

5. Write full answers to the questions in exercise 4. Use the past simple.

1) _________________

2) _________________

3) _________________

4) _________________

5) _________________

6) _________________

7) _________________

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2) Did Dan break his leg? Yes, he did.

3) Did Millie find her phone? No, she didn’t.

4) Did Jess and Oliver watch a DVD? Yes, they did.

5) Did Beth and Jamie help in the kitchen? No, they didn’t.

6) Did William buy any new clothes? No, he didn’t.

6. Write questions and answers. Use the past simple.

1) Josh / ride to school? ✗

 Did Josh ride to school?

 No, he didn’t.

2) Dan / break his leg? ✓

 ________.

 ________.

3) Millie / find her phone? ✗

 ________.

 ________.

4) Jess and Oliver / watch a DVD? ✓

 ________.

 ________.

5) Beth and Jamie / help in the kitchen? ✗

 ________.

 ________.

6) William / buy any new clothes? ✗

 ________.

     ________.

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7. Complete the dialogue with the correct past simple negative or interrogative form of the verbs in brackets.

Pete  1 _____. (you / have) a good weekend, Matt?

Matt Yes, I did. It was birthday.

Pete  Really? Happy birthday! What 2) _____. (you / do)?

Matt I went to London for the weekend.

Pete  Wow! Who 3) _____. (you / go) with?

Matt I went with family. It was great!

Pete  4 _____. (you / drive) there?

Matt No, we 5) _____. (not go) by car; we went by train. We saw all the sights: Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament, the London Eye, I loved it! But I 6) _____. (not like) Buckingham Palace, because there were a lot of people.

Pete Yes, London is always really busy. 7) _____. (you / buy) any souvenirs?

Matt No, I 8) _____. (not have) time to go shopping!

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1) Did you have   2) did you do   3) did you go

4) Did you drive   5) didn’t go   6) didn’t like

7) Did you buy   8) didn’t have

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