The simple past

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    In his article, Mike Hogan points out that we often use the simple past when sharing knowledge about things that have happened. In English, the simple past is usually made by adding “-ed” to the infinitive of the verb. But as we all know from school, this is not always the case. So, let’s practise some of the irregular verbs now. You’ll hear a sentence in which the verb is in the present tense. In the pause, repeat the sentence but change the verb into the simple past. Then you will hear the correct version. Ready? Remember: we’re practising irregular verbs!

    We hold our meetings once a week.
    → We held our meetings once a week.

    We spend too much time in meetings.
    → We spent too much time in meetings.

    Standing has the effect of shortening the meeting.
    → Standing had the effect of shortening the meeting.

    He makes an agendaTagesordnungagenda with strict timings.
    → He made an agenda with strict timings.

    The timekeeper keeps us on scheduleim Zeitplanon schedule.
    → The timekeeper kept us on schedule.

    We stand around cocktail-style tables.
    → We stood around cocktail-style tables.

    Everyone knows the problem.
    → Everyone knew the problem.

    He puts across his ideas very clearly.
    → He put across his ideas very clearly.

    They sell their products through social media.
    → They sold their products through social media.

    Great! How did you get on? We hope this exercise didn’t bring back bad memories from your school days!

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