Past simple questions

Questions in the past simple are formed using “did.” For past simple questions with “be,” the subject and the verb “was” or “were” are swapped around.

Past simple questions

Past simple questions

Questions in the past simple are formed using “did.” For past simple questions with “be,” the subject and the verb “was” or “were” are swapped around.

 

Questions in the past simple

Use “did” plus the base form of the verb to ask a question in the past simple.

How to form

Some more examples

Did they have a good time? 

Did you read a book on the beach? 

Did Ray drink all the milk? 

Where did she meet her friends? 

(Add question words to make open questions.)

When did he go to the gym? 

Why did you buy so much food? 

 

Questions in the past simple with “be.”

To make a question using the verb “be” in the past simple, swap the order of the subject and “was” or “were.”

How to form

Some more examples

Was he good at playing tennis? 

Were they surprised by you? 

Why was she late for the party? 

(Add question words to make open questions.)

What was that song called? 

Was there any cake at the party? 

Were we the last ones to arrive? 

What were the lectures about? 

What was the weather like?