Verbs which express actions in the past are said to be in the past tense.
He talked with more intonation than before. (talked - past tense of the verb to talk)
I ran to the lake. (ran - past tense of the verb to run)
They were all there. (were - past tense of the verb to be)
When do you use the simple past tense?
Example: To talk about things that are done I finished watching the movie.
How do you conjugate a verb in the past tense?
Example: By adding -ed (or -d) to the end, only if it is a regular verb William studied all night for his English test. (STUDY = REGULAR VERB)
IRREGULAR VERBS follow their own pattern. There are over 400 of them but with time and by using, hearing and reading them, you will get used to knowing when a verb is regular or irregular.