Questions tagged [past-simple]

Questions related to the past simple, simple past or preterite, which is mainly used to describe events in the past.

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The use of the present perfect followed by the past simple

Is the use of the past simple correct in the following context? Person A: Have you ever argued with your girlfriend? Person B: Yes, I have. Person A: what did you argue about? Should ...
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“As we have seen” vs. “As we saw”

What is the difference in meaning between "As we have seen" and "As we saw" when occured in a book in the following context: As we have seen/saw, [a description of a phenomenon that occured earlier ...
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Present perfect or past simple choose rigth

I have this exercise. Choose the correct form: They had/They have had three children - I'm the youngest. I chose "They have had three children- I'm the youngest" because I thought they still ...
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Present perfect or simple past

Which of the following is correct? It has been two hours since I have left LA. It has been two hours since I left LA. I know everyone will pick 2 but why one is 1 is not correct as we use ...
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past participle vs past simple

I am having massive difficulty in trying to decipher if the following sentence whether is a past participle in the passive voice or past simple in the passive voice? The woman was robbed yesterday.
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Past simple questions in reported speech

I would like to know what is the correct answer when changing the sentence below into reported speech. Did the doctor see Sarah yesterday?’ Lucy asked her dad To my understanding, backshifting to ...
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What would be the best way of conveying “not even once” (which tense would you use in the sentence)?

I was confused with the past perfect tense, so I did a bit of research and things got much more clear now. But, what if you want to convey the idea of "not being there -- not even once -- during the ...
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Have been Vs was/were

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-birmingham-48339080 There have been seven weeks of protests outside the site from which "hundreds" of pupils were kept away on Monday. Why does the ...
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Why present perfect tense\past tense is used in these sentences?

I used this link to practice on present perfect tense, and I have some questions: Colin has left / left for Brazil this morning. The correct answer is "left"; however, I think both answers are ...
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“Recently my imagination works badly” is the sentence correct or not?

I want to know what time tense should I use in this sentence? I know that an adverb "Recently" is allowed to use only with the present/past perfect tenses. So I can't use it with the present simple, ...
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past simple vs past progressive

Yesterday Sue ____________ (walk) down the street when she met James. He was going to the station to catch a train, and he was carrying a bag. They stopped to talk for a few minutes. The correct ...
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Using past simple or past perfect after *since*?

This is an exercise from my English book: You three boys look very guilty! What did you do / have you done / have you been doing since I left / have left? I chose have you been doing and have left....
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Why is past simple used here?

Here are two examples: By the time I got to the station, the train had left. and The train left five minutes before I got to the station. I don't understand why past simple is used in the ...
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past simple for a habit still in work

The train _ at 8.30 p.m. today, but as a rule it _ at 8.00 p.m. sharp. ANSWER: left and started but could left and starts be ok as it is a general habits still in work at the time of writing so ...
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Is it correct to use Past Continuous with 'since' adverbial clause?

For example: "Since I done my first homework, I was doing my second homework" I've seen plenty of examples on English learner's sites demonstrating either Past Simple or Present Perfect as the main ...
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usage of 'while' and 'when'

I met many interesting people while I was living in Vancouver. Can I change the sentence above to the sentences below? Do they have slightly different meanings? I met many interesting people when ...
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“I learned” vs “I have learned” when it comes to past experiences that have indirect connection to the present?

I'm writing a blog post about my experience in college and I'm not sure which of following titles should I use: 10 Life Lessons I Learned After Leaving College 10 Life Lessons I Have Learned After ...
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difference between past simple and past continuous - when I called her

When I called her, she was studying. I know what it means. When I called her, she studied. But does the second sentence mean she started studying when I called her?
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implications of past simple tense - a few minutes ago

I learned that the past simple tense is used for actions which are completed at a definite point in time in the past. Then, does the sentence below imply that they are not dancing anymore now (at the ...
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past simple and past continuous - that summer

He was staying in Rome that summer. He stayed in Rome that summer. Can I use the two sentences above interchangeably? Or do they have slightly different meanings?
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Some past tense question

I played football I had played football I have played football I was playing football Can someone tell me what is the differece between those sentences if they are correct. If they aren't correct, ...
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is “if i knew you were ill , i would have visited you” grammatically correct?

i wanted to know if it's okay to use future perfect (using WOULD not WILL) with Past Simple. i wanted to say if i knew he was ill at a point in the past , i will visit him at this point in the past.
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Would past simple be ok in this case

Complete the passage with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Goldilocks is probably the most famous and most charming “squatter” of all times.While the Bear family was looking(look)for ...
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Using “Since” with past simple

Which is more accurate "This was the context of multiple questions I asked since I started working here." Or "This was the context of multiple questions I have asked since I started working here."...
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How long+take or How long

Which one of these two sentences is correct: How long did you take to watch TV? Or How long did you watch TV? I just want to know the duration or time the "you" took to watch TV. Which one would ...
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{listened/have listened} the recordings {several/too many} times

If I want to say to anyone that I listened the recordings several times today. I have listened the recordings too many times today. Which form is the correct form of the sentence? If none, ...
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What tense is this: “Why'd you make him live all those years alone?”

In the movie "Something big" with Dean Martin, Mr. Baker asks colonel's wife: "Why'd you make him live all those years alone?" What tense is that? Grammary suggest me: Why'd you made him live all ...
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Clarifications about the Past Simple and Present (whole) Perfect

I have some problems when I'm translating my language to english or english in to my language. I sometimes watch videos with english subtitles, and I often see that they are using Present Perfect ...
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I already finished the work

I have such a rule in my head that if we have "already", "still" or "yet" I am obliged to use Perfect Tenses. But can these words be used in Past Simple? I already finished the work (some time in ...
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Can I say I'm in time? [duplicate]

"I'm in time" "I'm on time" "I'm at time" Which one is correct? What are differences between those forms? Example: - Am I late for work? - No, you are on/in/at time. In this situation, which one is ...
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I had done when you had come by the evening

We have "A" and B moments in the past. "A" happened first, "B" happened second. "A" should be in Perfect. Example: I had done when you came I had done - "A" When you came - "B" "A" happened before ...
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We swam in the same pool we saw / had seen in the photos

Which is the correct form and why? On safari we swam in the same pool we saw in the photos on the website. On safari we swam in the same pool we had seen in the photos on the website.
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Present Perfect vs. Past Simple with unfinished time periods: this week

I ____ (read) six books this week. The correct answer is: I have read six books this week. Why are we using Present Perfect since we specify when we did the activity? Is it wrong to say (Past ...
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why past simple in this sentence

when you brought my breakfast before I start walking in the morning, I felt happy Does brought mean that the action of bringing breakfast is in the past it is over now (past simple), but that the ...
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“Because” with past perfect or past simple?

This is from a newspaper: The real reason he was arrested was because he smeared poo all over the walls. Shouldn't the past perfect be used: ... he was arrested because he had smeared poo all ...
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Can I use present perfect twice and present simple + simple past in the same sentence?

I have just checked your bank account, and it appears that you have already received all of the money that I sent you. I am not sure if I can use second past perfect verb tense in the same sentence ...
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Which tense should I use after “by the time you read this”?

Could you please advise which sentence is grammatically correct? By the time you read this, I have already bought tickets and I have reserved a hotel. or By the time you read this, I have ...
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“I waited 4 years to see SS2” vs “I had to wait 4 years to see SS2”

My friend and I were talking about a movie called "Attack on Titans". The SS1 sequel began airing in 2013 while SS2 began airing in 2017. I want to say this to my friend, but I don't have a better ...
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Had commissioned into commissioned?

Mona Lisa was commissioned to celebrate the birth at a baby boy. The lady in the painting was Lisa del Giocondi,who was a member of the Gheradini family in Florence. It is assumed that the family had ...
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Is the action simultaneous or not

I know Past Perfect rules and I have also read some questions here connected with this point, but I still doubt. “My telephone fell down ...
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drove or was driving?

Is it true that if I say "Joe got a ticket because he drove too fast", this means that Joe drove too fast as a habit and instead I should say "Joe got a ticket because he was driving too fast"? Is ...
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Before I (have) started the University I (had) worked as

Before I have started the University I worked as waitress in a cafe. I'm not sure about the tenses here (present perfect/past simple). Maybe it should be Before I started university I had ...
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I had done and I was happy

Present Perfect is used for actions which happened in the past but have some influence for the present: I have done it and now I am happy What is "have done" action? It's something what happened ...
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Tenses past ind. Past perfect

Which one us correct? Jane studied the lawyer's face carefully before she answered him. Jane had studied the lawyer's face carefully before she answered him.
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Present Perfect or Past SImple Paradox

We can say: I have done it today though the action itself coulp happen in the morning but we cover it with a longer peiod which hasn't ended yet. If it happened in the morning but now it's ...
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What is correct “Your father just told me” or “Your father has just told me.”

In Oscar a 1991 American slapstick crime comedy film directed by John Landis, I heard: "Your father just told me". Why do not correct to say "Your father has just told me."? Because in "How English ...
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The use of the past perfect and past simple and present simple in context

Tell me please which of the following sentences is correct. The teacher came up to Kate and said that the assignment had been done badly, because there were a lot of grammar mistakes. The ...
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Which is the better choice here? Present perfect continuous or past simple?

Today is Sunday and I don't feel well because I have been drinking three days in a row: Thursday, Friday and Saturday. The drinking has stopped, but I can still feel its effect, so present perfect ...
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I miss you like I (have) never missed someone else [duplicate]

Which one of the following phrases is correct? I'm unsure about using present perfect or not. I miss you like I've never missed someone else. I miss you like I never missed someone else.
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What is difference past simple and past perfect in this sentence?

I (non-native English speaker) have sometimes been confused about when to use past simple and when to use past perfect. President Donald Trump has vetoed a measure from Congress that revoked his ...