Past Indefinite Tense

Hello everybody, today we are going to learn the past indefinite tense which is one of the most daily used tenses. As it is human nature that we either prefer talking about our past memories or making plans and discussing them in the future tense.

1.What is the past indefinite tense?

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The past indefinite tense has a unique recognition and extreme significance in the English language just like the present indefinite tense from academic as well as competitive exam points of view. Let’s learn it with examples, formation, and uses in detail.

Past Indefinite Tense

Formation It is very important to know how to form correct sentences with grammatical formations then you can use it in your daily life to make sentences.

Affirmative: All the subjects + V2 + according to sentence.

We always use the second form of the verb (V2) with all the subjects in the past indefinite tense affirmative sentence whether it is a singular subject or a plural subject.

Everybody played games during school days.

Here is a table given below with the different forms of the verbs. You will be surprised to know the names of verbs in the English grammar. The second form of the verbs is known as the past form in the grammar hence always used in the past tense.






Past Participle


















You must have a doubt about why we always use the V2 in the past indefinite tense, here is the answer to match your expectations and is enough satisfactory to eradicate your queries. The past form of a verb that we usually call V2 but when its name is past hence it is used in the past tense only.

Negative: All the subjects + Did not + V1 + according to the sentence.

In the negative sentences, we use a past indefinite tense helping verb which is ‘DID’, and add not after it. After the combination of Did + Not we always use the first form of the verbs because Did itself is the second form of the verb hence after it we always use V1 only.

I did not like waking up early in the morning.

Interrogative: W.H.F word+ Did + Subject + according to the sentence?

When it comes to asking questions about past events, you need to form questions but the interrogative sentences are quite different from others hence they differ from other’s formations too.

        ·       Simple interrogative sentences

[ Did + Subject + V1 + According to sentences +? ]

This type of question is generally asked to know the answer in either No or Yes when there is no need for explanations.

Question: Did you watch the End Game movie?

Answer: Yes or No.

        ·       Advanced Interrogative sentences

[W.H.F. word + did + Subject + V1 + according to sentence+?]

Why did the people want to deceive their dear ones just for money?

Identities of past indefinite tense

Past habitual actions

When you talk about your past habits you use past indefinite tense to represent it.


        1.    I went to school.    

        2.    We played football in morning in the childhood.

        3.    My father dropped me at the school entrance.

        4.    She did not cheat in the exams ever.

        5.    Rahul often missed class.

Past actions

In this use, you can describe the past historical actions that took place long ago but were inscribed in. Golden words. I have shared a few examples from there.

  1. India celebrated Independence Day for the very first time on 15th August 1947.

   2) The people of India elected Narendra Modi as the prime minister of India in 2014 with a huge majority in the election.

3) The SLV -3 launch headed by A.P.J. Abdul Kalam took place in 1983 successfully.

Past Tense: indicate an action that was completed in the past long before.

You may use some adverbs in the sentences only for the past tense.

These include any past dates 2017/1999/2014,

Days yesterday and the day before yesterday,

Adverbs  ago, before, last time/ year/ week/month/night, the other day, the other morning

        1.    All the students performed very well in the last test.

        2.    Mr. Batra with his family members visited Singapore in 2017.

        3.    Mrs. Oberoi hung out with his husband in the Japanese park yesterday.

        4.    I met my old students long ago.

        5.    My classmates and I enjoyed our lives during our college days.

 To indicate a past completed action:

        1.   I completed my content writing course at the University of Leeds last month.

        2.    My brother returned from the USA yesterday.

        3.    They applied for an education loan for their son 2 days before.

Without the adverb of time

We sometimes use facts that don’t need adverbs of time they themselves imply the time.

        1.     Lord Rama killed the Ravana in the Ramleela.

        2.    Mrs. Indira Gandha was brutally assassinated.

        3.    The Mahabharata battle killed a great number of people.

Unreal Past

        1.    She denied it as if she knew her father’s decision.

        2.    They spoke about the universe as if they had been there.

        3.    He showed his possession as if I were his son.


2.Which sentence is in the past indefinite tense? ?

3.Which of the following is the correct past indefinite form of the verb “sing”?

4.Which sentence is in the past indefinite tense??

5.Which sentence is not in the past indefinite tense??

6.Which of the following is the correct past indefinite form of the verb “run”?

7.Which sentence is in the past indefinite tense?

8.Which sentence is not in the past indefinite tense?

9.Which of the following is the correct past indefinite form of the verb “go”?

10.Which sentence is in the past indefinite tense?

11.Which sentence is not in the past indefinite tense?

12.Which of the following is the correct past indefinite form of the verb “swim”?

13.Which sentence is in the past indefinite tense?

14.Which sentence is not in the past indefinite tense? ?

15.Which of the following is the correct past indefinite form of the verb “write”? ?

16.Which sentence is in the past indefinite tense?

17.Which sentence is not in the past indefinite tense?

18.Which of the following is the correct past indefinite form of the verb “drink”?

19. She did not ______ to me yesterday

20. People ______ strong belief in God long ago.

21. She cared for me as if I ________ his son.

22. We _______ Cricket in summer vacation earlier.

23. He ________ send me the answer yesterday.

24. She did not ________ to school timely.

25. People __________ a lot of time to spend with family and friends.

26. My best friend _______ always with me when I ________ problems in childhood.

27. He was teaching his friend as if he ______ his brother.

28. I _________ learning English 6 years ago.

29. I ______ this company as a process analyst on 21st May in 2022.

30. He _____ very happy when he _____ me there.

31. She ______ in the ocean last week.

32. He ______ a letter to his father a few days before.

33. If I _______ a job, I would surely help him.

34. They did not ______ attention in the class.

35. The lord Rama _______ Ravana.

36. She _____ a lot in her brother’s marriage.

37. He _______ study properly in exams therefore, he ________.

38. Sibby cares for her as if she ________ his wife.

39. She _____ a gift for me on last New Year.

40. I _________ school in 2016.

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