Simple Past – Negative form

You will study the negative form of the Simple Past.


Simple Past – Negative form


Imagen: Map of the Hollywood neighborhood of “Los Angeles”. Retrieved from:,_Los_Angeles,_California.png

Instructions: Read the text and look at the words in bold.

Hollywood is a neighborhood in the central region of Los Angeles, California. It is notable for its place as the home of the U.S. film industry, including several of its historic studios. Its name has come to be a metonym for the motion picture industry of the United States. Hollywood is also a highly ethnically diverse, densely populated, economically diverse neighborhood and retail business district.

Hollywood was a small community in 1870 and was incorporated as a municipality in 1903. It didn't merge until 1910 with the city of Los Angeles, and soon thereafter a prominent film industry began to emerge, eventually becoming the most recognizable film industry in the world.

Hollywood. Retrieved and adapted October, 2016 from

Getting started: Motion picture industry

Instructions: Read the text to do the activities suggested.

By 1912, major motion-picture companies had set up production near or in Los Angeles. In the early 1900s, most motion picture patents were held by Thomas Edison's Motion Picture Patents Company in New Jersey, and filmmakers were often sued to stop their productions.

Director D.W. Griffith was the first to make a motion picture in Hollywood. His 17 minute short film In Old California (1910) was filmed for the Biograph Company. Although Hollywood banned movie theaters –of which it had none- before annexation that year, Los Angeles had no such restriction. The first film by a Hollywood studio, Nestor Motion Picture Company, was shot on October 26, 1911. The Whitley home was used as its set, and the unnamed movie was filmed in the middle of their groves at the corner of Whitley Avenue and Hollywood Boulevard. The first studio in Hollywood, the Nestor Company, was established by the New Jersey-based Centaur Company in a roadhouse at 6121 Sunset Boulevard (the corner of Gower) in October 1911. Four major film companies –Paramount, Warner Bros, RKO, and Columbia- had studios in Hollywood, as did several minor companies and rental studios. In the 1920s, Hollywood was the fifth largest industry in the nation. Hollywood became known as Tinseltown because of the glittering image of the movie industry. Hollywood has since become a major center for film study in the United States.

Hollywood. Retrieved October, 2016 from

An idea of expansion

Instructions: Fill in the gaps with the negative form of the verbs in parenthesis.


didn't want
didn't have

1. Major motion-picture companies (have) set up production.

2. Filmakers (want) to be sued by Edison’s Patents Company.

3. Los Angeles (have) restrictions.

Simple Past – Negative form

Let's study the Simple Past in its Negative form.

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

Remember: We use the simple past to talk about things that happened or existed before now. The simple past tense emphasizes that the action is finished.

To make negative sentence in simple past we use the auxiliary verb “do” in its past form “did”, and we aggregate the negation “not” with the simple form of the verb. Therefore, the structure of a negative simple past sentence is:

Personal pronoun + Did + Not + Simple form of the verb + Complement

Let´s see some examples:

Personal pronoun (subject) Did + Not (contraction) Verb (simple form) Complement
Henry did not(didn’t) work in the factory
They did not(didn’t) play last week
You did not(didn’t) go to the movies last week
We did not(didn’t) read that novel


The Hollywood Neighborhood

Instructions: Change the following sentences to the negative form using the contraction.

  1. I studied for the math exam yesterday.
  2. Last week you walked to the store.
  3. Jane thought it was late.
  4. Mary and Frank baked a cake a few days ago.
  5. My parents flew to New York last Sunday.
  6. We read the book for the class.


The things that happens in the films

Instructions: Drag and drop the words to make logical negative sentences.

the other didn’t football play I day
brother My didn't yesterday call me
didn't My come to my family party
didn't jacket William the buy
prepare didn't dinner We last night
piano The boys lesson didn't to the go
like friend My didn't and I the movie


Ideas for Hollywood writers

Instructions: Correct the following sentences.

  1. I don’t listen to music last Saturday.
  2. You copy in the exam didn’t.
  3. Harry doesn’t do the homework last week.
  4. Katie didn’t traveled to the US with us.
  5. All the boys don’t watch the movie the day before yesterday.
  6. We didn’t had Literature class last week.
  7. Alexander and you didn’t came to the party.