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Past tenses review

 

 

 

 

 

 

When do I use simple past?

This is used to talk about events which:

·       Started and finished in the past

The Qing Dynasty conquered China in the 17th Century

·       Something that happened often in the past

British ships traded with the entire world during the 18th Century

When do I use past continuous?

Past continuous is used to talk about:

·       Something that was ongoing at a certain time in the past:

The students were studying hard when the teacher arrived

When do I use past perfect?

Past perfect is used to talk about:

·       Things that happened before a certain time in the past.

By the time the city was re-discovered, it had been abandonded for centuries

This should be used when it’s important to emphasise the difference in time between the two events. In this example it is drawing attention to the difference in time between when the city was lost and eventually found.

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