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ACET: Grammar Tip!!

Using Past Tenses

Past Simple


We use the past tense to talk about:

• something that happened once in the past: I met my husband in 2015.

• something that happened several times in the past: We ran everyday while we were on holiday.

• something that was true for some time in the past: He enjoyed being a student.

• we often use expressions with ago with the past simple: I met my husband a long time ago.

Most simple past tense verbs are, like “enjoy,” formed by adding “-ed” to the end of a base verb. However, you need to learn the irregular verbs that don’t fit this pattern, such as “meet” (simple past tense = met).

 


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