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FCE Unit 3 - past simple, past continuous and used to

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Transcript of FCE Unit 3 - past simple, past continuous and used to

Past Simple
We use the
past simple
to talk about:

actions or events in the past:
I visited Egypt last year.
actions or events which happened one after another:
I saw the pyramids, then I went round the Cairo museum and later I went to a traditional restaurant.
things which happened for a long time in the past:
She lived in Zurich for ten years from 2003 to 2013.
Past Continuous
We use the past continuous to talk about:
an activity whcich started before and continued until an event in the past:
He
was riding
to school when his motorbike broke down.
an activity whcich started before and continued after an event in the past:
I
was watching
television when the news was announced.
Past Continuous
Form:

was / were + verb+ing
Past Continuous
I was working
You were working
She was working
He was working
It was working
We were working
They were working
Used to
We use used to to talk about:
situations or states in the past which are not true now:
My maths teacher
used to be
in the army.
repeated activities or habits in he past which do not happen now:
She
used to run
in the London Marathon every year until she injured her leg.
Past Simple
Form:

verb + ed (regular)
2nd form (irregular)
FCE Unit 3 - past simple, past continuous and used to
Past Simple
Regular:
play
ed
work
ed
remember
ed
call
ed

like
d
stop
ped

Irregular:
had
taught
did
went
felt

was/were
I was running
You were running
She was running
He was running
It was running
We were running
They were running
Past Continuous
Remember!
State verbs are not normally used in the continuous.

(Verbs that describe states, not actions. Verbs that describe thoughts, feelings, senses, possession and the verb
to be
)
Used to
Note: we only use used to in the past:

She used to run in marathons.
Did you use to run in marathons?
I didn't use to run in marathons.
If we want to talk about habits in the present, we use the present simple with an adverb like
usually, every day
, etc.
I always
get up
at half past six.
She usually
plays
netball on Wednesday and Friday.
They
cycle
to school every day.
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