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Past Tenses:

Past Tenses

Simple Past Tense :

Simple Past Tense The simple past is used to describe actions and/or events that are now completed and no longer true in the present .


Examples I went to San Francisco last year. (I am not in San Francisco now) I saw a film every weekend when I was a teenager. (I don’t see movies very much anymore)

Past Continuous:

Past Continuous The past continuous is used to talk about an activity that was in progress at a specific point of time in the past . The emphasis is on the duration of the activity in the past.


Example I was studying for an exam while my mother was cooking dinner. We were walking in the park around 7 p.m. last night.

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The past continuos often used with the simple past to show that one action was in progress when another action occurred .


I was having a bath when the doorbell rang . They were eating dinner when the neighbours stopped by for a visit. Example

Past Perfect:

This tense describes completed events that took place in the past before another past event. Past Perfect had received had eaten it hit my friend stopped by

Past Perfect:

The Titanic had received many warnings before it hit the iceberg. I had already eaten when my friend stopped by to visit. Past Perfect

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