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GRAMMAR: Past Simple Negative

FORM: The Past Simple – used to describe events that finished in the past.

The Past Simple Negative uses the past of the auxiliary verb ‘do’.
e.g. I did not use my phone yesterday / she did not attend the meeting.

The verb to be / be able to (can) do not use the auxiliary verb ‘do’.
e.g. I was not in the London office last week because I could not travel.

 

EXPRESSIONS – Company Performance

Learn these expressions in the Past Simple:

Fall = to go down – Profits fell to zero last year.
Rise = to go up – Sales rose by 33%.
Fluctuate = go up and down a lot – Company performance fluctuated a lot last month.
Stabilise = become calm and steady – The price of oil stabilised after a lot of fluctuations.

VOCABULARY – Company Performance

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1. Blackberry ........................ the new competition seriously.

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What does this mean?

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She ................ the message yesterday, but I ............... receive it.

6.

What does this mean?

7.

The market went up and down a lot. It ................. all summer.