Simple Past – Interrogative form

You will study the interrogative form of the Simple Past.


Simple Past – Interrogative form

The Star-Spangled Banner

Imagen: Francis Scott Key’s original manuscript. Public Domain.

Instructions: Read the text about the American National Anthem.

Did Francis Scott Key write the national anthem of the United States?

Yes, the lyrics of The Star-Spangled Banner (the national anthem of the United States of America) was written on September 14, 1814 by Francis Scott Key, after witnessing the bombardment of Fort McHenry by British ships of the Royal Navy in Baltimore Harbor during the Ballte of Baltimore in the War of 1812. He was inspired by the large American flag, the Star-Spangled Banner, flying triumphantly above the fort during the American victory.

The Star-Spangled Banner. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from


Getting started: A congressional resolution

Instructions: Read the text to do the activities suggested.

The Star-Spangled Banner was recognized for official use by the United States Navy in 1889, and by U.S. President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, and was made the national anthem by a congressional resolution on March 3, 1931, which was signed by President Herbert Hoover.

Before 1931, other songs served as the hymns of American officialdom. Hail, Columbia served this purpose at official functions for most of the 19th century. My Country, ‘Tis of Thee, whose melody is identical to God Save the Queen, the British national anthem, also served as an anthem. Following the War of 1812 and subsequent American wars, other songs emerged to compete for popularity at public events, among them The Star-Spangled Banner, as well as America the Beautiful.

The Star-Spangled Banner. Retrieved October, 2016 from

Questions and answers

Instructions: Match the questions and answers according to the text.

1. Did the United States Navy recognize The Star-Spangled Banner for official use?

2. Did President Wilson make it the national anthem of the U.S.?

3. Did other songs have an official function during the twentieth century?

4. Did the British national anthem have popularity at public events?

Simple Past – Negative form

Let’s check out the Simple Past in Negative form.

Instructions: Read about the negative form in the Simple Past.

We use the auxiliary DID and the Simple form of the verb to make questions in the Simple Past Tense. Examples:

Did you study for the exam?
Did Henry work in a bank?
Did they play basketball?

Look at the word order in the Interrogative form:

Auxiliary Did Subject Verb (Simple form) Complement? Yes/No
Short Answers
Did you study hard for the exam? Yes, I did./No, I didn't.
Did James play the guitar at the party? Yes, he did./No, he didn't.
Did Susana listen to the alarm clock this morning? Yes, she did./No, she didn't.
Did the alarm clock ring yesterday morning? Yes, it did./No, it didn't.
Did all of you study in the same school? Yes, we did./No, we didn't.
Did the girls go to the party? Yes, they did./No, they didn't.


Questions with Did

Instructions: Complete the following dialogue with the auxiliary for the past tense.

  1. A: What you do last Saturday?
  2. B: Can you guess?
  3. A: Ok, I'll try. Is it a sport?
  4. B: Yes, it is.
  5. A: Ok, Is it something you do alone?
  6. B: No, you need a partner.
  7. A: Is it something you do in a special court?
  8. B: Yes, you need a court with a net.
  9. A: Do you need a raquet?
  10. B: Yes!
  11. A: you play basketball?
  12. B: No, I didn’t play basketball.
  13. A: you play baseball?
  14. No, I didn't.
  15. A: you play hockey?
  16. B: No, I didn’t.
  17. A: you play squash?
  18. B: No, I didn't.
  19. A: What you do last Saturday?
Correct the mistakes

Instructions: Correct the mistakes in the following interrogative sentences. Rewrite the sentences.

1. Did you did your Physics homework yesterday?

2. Does Jane read the book last week?

3. Did you watched T.V. last night?

4. Does your father go to New York last month?

5. Did the boys went to the movies last Friday?

6. Did your mother baked a cake a few days ago?

7. Do you travel to London in 2010?


Interrogative sentences in past

Instructions: Change the following positive sentences to questions:

1. You sang The Star-Spangled Banner in the last football match.

2. You went to the match with all my friends.

3. The Dallas Cowboys won the game.

4. You went to celebrate to a nice place.

5. The boys had a huge Margherita pizza.

6. The girls only ate a delicious Caesar salad.

7. You all danced all night long.