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)
Khun mâi khoei pai yêe pùn
You have never gone to Japan (before).
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.
Chăn khoei pai sĭngkhápoh
I went to Singapore before.
Khăo khoei kin ahhăn sàpehn
He ate Spanish food before.