Tag: past

  • Present perfect and simple past: differences

    We do not use the present perfect with expressions that refer to a completely finished period of time, like yesterday, last week, when, then, five years ago, in 1995. The simple past is used with this meaning.

  • Past verb forms with present or future meaning

    A past verb form does not always have a past meaning. Verbs like I had, you went and I was wondering are often used to talk about the present or the future. after if, unless, supposing etc. After if, unless and words with similar meanings, we often use past verb forms to refer to the […]

  • The past perfect progressive tense

    Use We use the past perfect progressive to talk about longer actions or situations which had continued up to the past moment that we are thinking about, or shortly before it.

  • The past perfect tense

    The past perfect tense denotes an action completed at some point in the past before some other past action commenced. When two actions in the past have to be referred to, the past perfect is used for the earlier action and the simple past for the later one.

  • The past progressive tense

    Use to talk about past events in progress The past progressive is used to talk about events that were in progress around a particular past time.

  • The past simple tense

    Uses of the simple past tense We use the simple past tense to talk about many kinds of past events: short, quickly finished actions, longer situations, and repeated events.