past simple tense

In English grammar, the simple past is a verb tense (the second principal part of a verb) indicating action that occurred in the past and which does not extend into the present.

The simple past tense (also known as the past simple or preterite) of regular verbsis marked by the ending -d, -ed, or -tIrregular verbs have a variety of endings. The simple past is not accompanied by helping verbs.