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Structure: ‘Past simple’

When do we use the past simple?

It’s a very common tense and it’s not so difficult to understand. Past simple forms can be regular (with ‘ed’ at the end) or irregular. Be careful with the forms of irregular verbs in the past simple and check for their forms.

We use the past simple most often with finished actions in the past. They are ‘finished’ in the sense that they are completed and don’t have a connection to the present.

eg I arrived at the airport at 1:45pm.

eg We landed ten minutes late yesterday afternoon.

We can use the past simple to talk about our experiences, things we did, saw or read about etc…

Have a look at the diagram below to learn about uses of the past simple.

Uses of past simple
Uses of past simple

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