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Past Simple, Past Perfect &Past Continuous

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Tania Trejo

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Transcript of Past Simple, Past Perfect &Past Continuous

Past Simple
The Simple Past to express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past. Sometimes, the speaker may not actually mention the specific time, but they do have one specific time in mind.
Past Perfect
The Past Perfect expresses the idea that something occurred before another action in the past. It can also show that something happened before a specific time in the past.
Past Continuous
The Past Continuous expresses an action at a particular moment in the past. The action started before that moment but has not finished at that moment.
Pas Simple, Past Perfect & Past Continuous
Examples
They were not playing football at 9am this morning.
Was he taking the dog for a walk?
She wasn't playing football.
When I phoned my friends, they_______ (play) monopoly.
Yesterday at six I _______(prepare) dinner.
The kids________ (play) in the garden when it suddenly began to rain.
I ________(practice) the guitar when he came home.
We________ (not / cycle) all day.
While Aaron_______ (work) in his room, his friends________ (swim) in the pool.
I tried to tell them the truth but they________ (listen / not) .
What_______ (you / do) yesterday?
Most of the time we_________ (sit) in the park.
EXERCISES
Example
I had never seen such a beautiful beach before I went to Kauai.
I did not have any money because I had lost my wallet.
Had Susan ever studied Thai before she moved to Thailand?
She only understood the movie because she had read the book.
Examples
I saw a movie yesterday.
Last year, I didn't travel to Korea.
Did you have dinner last night?
Nicole Medina
Tania Trejo

Exercises
Past Simple Timeline
Past Perfect Timeline
Exercises
Learn English Grammar. (n.d.). English Grammar. Retrieved October 9, 2014, from http://www.learnenglish.de/grammar/tensepastcont.html

How do we use the Past Continuous Tense?. (n.d.). Past Continuous Tense. Retrieved October 9, 2014, from https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb-tenses_past-continuous_u.htm

Past Perfect. (n.d.). ENGLISH PAGE -. Retrieved October 9, 2014, from http://www.englishpage.com/verbpage/pastperfect.html


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