Simple Past Tense
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Present Continuous | Continuous Future | Past Continuous
Present Perfect Simple | Present Perfect Future | Present Perfect Continuous
Past Perfect Simple | Past Perfect Continuous
The simple past tense is used to talk about finished actions that happened at a specific time in the past. You state when it happened using a time adverb.
|I was.||I wasn't.||Was I?|
|He was.||He wasn't.||Was he?|
|She was.||She wasn't.||Was she?|
|It was.||It wasn't.||Was it?|
|You were.||You weren't.||Were you?|
|We were.||We weren't.||Were we?|
|They were.||They weren't.||Were they?|
Simple Past Timeline
When you mention a time in the past:-
"Last year I took my exams."
"I got married in 1992."
It can be used to describe events that happened over a period of time in the past but not now.
"I lived in South Africa for two years."
The simple past tense is also used to talk about habitual or repeated actions that took place in the past.
"When I was a child we always went to the seaside on bank holidays."
It can sometimes be confusing.
"She had a baby last year." (She hasn't lost the baby, but here you are talking about the actual process of giving birth.)