Lesson 13 = Bòt thêe sìb săam = บทที่ ๑๓

Past tense #2

We have learnt that when we put “dâi” in front of the action, it means past tense. Today, we are going to learn another way to talk about past events.

However, I guess that you are more familiar with the negative form of what I am going to discuss:

Subject + mâi khoei + Action (+ object)

Eg. คุณไม่เคยไปญี่ปุ่น

Khun mâi khoei pai yêe pùn

You have never gone to Japan (before).

Eg. ฉันไม่เคยทำงานแบบนี้

Chăn măi khoei tham ngaan bàeb née

I have never worked like this (before). OR

I have never done work like this (before).

Since this is a negative form, to make an affirmative sentence, ‘mâi’ is merely removed:

Subject + khoei + Action (+ object)

This means a subject did the action before; simply put, the action has happened before in the past.

Eg. ฉันเคยไปสิงคโปร์

Chăn khoei pai sĭngkhápoh

I went to Singapore before.

Eg. เขาเคยกินอาหารสเปน

Khăo khoei kin ahhăn sàpehn

He ate Spanish food before.

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