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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“I did my homework till midnight” vs. “I was doing my homework till midnight”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I did my homework till midnight, and then I went to bed. I was doing my homework till midnight, and then I ...
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Five months ago, I {decided/have decided} to learn how to play the piano

Five months ago, I {decided/have decided} to learn how to play the piano. Is "Five months ago" a definite time? I have read that when there is a definite time, I should use the simple past ...
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“Until now I didn't realize that…” vs. “until now I hadn't realized that…” [duplicate]

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? Until now I didn't realize that you can sing so well. Until now I hadn't realized that you can sing so well. ...
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since the first time + past simple or present perfect [duplicate]

which sentence would you choose in this situation and why? I rode a bike in 2019 and I haven't driven bike ever since A: It’s been years since I’ve ridden a bike. B: It's been years since I rode a ...
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When, While, past continous, past simple

What is the correct way? "I met my friend when I was working at school for six months" or "I met my friend when I worked at school for six months" or "I met my friend ...
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handled (past tense used for future events)

Why is this sentence correct: If not handled well, it may result in a fire. Why use past tense? How to know when to use it?
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what's the difference between since + present perfect and since + past simple when since is not used as because

What's the difference between since + present perfect and since + past simple when since is not used as because? I've seen both being used but never really understood what's the difference -between ...
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Can someone help me with these examples of got and gotten?

I've got 2 questions. Is it correct to say: He's got me something / he's got me a present? Or can you just say: He got me something / he got me a present? My second question: When someone gave you ...
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past participle and past simple

The paintings have been proven to be fakes The paintings proved to be fakes Questions: What is the difference between using has been proven and proved? I know one is a past participle and one is ...
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Did I use correct tenses in this sentence?

Regarding my competence in speaking about this topic, I could say that: I learned German at school, or I was learning German at School. I studied German, or I was studying German.
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Past simple and present simple

Should I say “I saw the kid. He is sleeping on the couch” or “I see the kid. He is sleeping on the couch”
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She fell off her bike three times this week vs She has fallen off her bike three times this week

The book I'm studying gives as the correct answer the following sentence : She fell off her bike three times this week. Is present perfect simple incorrect in this case? (She has fallen over three ...
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Can “before” be equal to “when” in certain contexts?

There are the following sentences: "I had been waiting for three months before they finally sent me an answer" "He had been waiting for the bus for 10 minutes before it arrived" ...
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“I made sure we choose/chose items that doesn’t use the most plastic.”

In the following sentence: Yesterday, when I was shopping with my mum, I made sure we choose items that doesn’t use the most plastic. Which is correct: to say I made sure we (choose) or (chose)?
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is it ok to use “is” with past participle?

I prefer using "is" sometimes with past participle. ex- Your screen is frozen. Your case is picked. your device is repaired. in both the examples, I consider frozen, picked as an adjective ...
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a matter of style or a necessity to use past simple in this text

South London called Broadway Sound. Early on the morning of August 12th 1982 the band, comprising of Colin Swan, Geno Buckmaster, Brian Grover and their trusty roadie ‘Robbo’ assembled at the tiny ...
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Past tense in hypothetical statement?

I don't understand why this sentence is correct: What would you do if this happened to you? Why use happened and not happen(s)? Is it because it's an imagined situation? Do we always have to use past ...
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Until (till) and tenses in the main clause. Why prefer one over another?

They had been playing soccer until it started to rain. They played soccer until it started to rain. Is there any reason you should prefer one over the other? Grammar resources say that the word "...
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“is” or “was,” when we tell the time of something

Do we say "it is ×× years ago?" If I'm trying to describe a cartoon, and there is a line that says "30 years ago" on one of pictures of this cartoon, should I say "it was 30 ...
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Double past tense in a sentence. Allowed or not allowed?

May I know what is the rule on using two past tenses in a sentence? Why are some allowed and others not? Examples: I did not tell him... I knew he was going to... Some people told me that double ...
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I scheduled a meeting with him for Monday

Let's suppose my manager asks (via email) me to talk to our vendor representative and sort out some issues: Please, contact him and try to sort the issues out. After scheduling a meeting with the ...
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I've scheduled a meeting with him on Monday

Let's suppose my manager asks (via email) me to talk to our vendor representative and sort out some issues: Please, contact him and try to sort the issues out. After scheduling a meeting with the ...
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Why don't these sentences use the same tense?

It turned out that what happened was different from what I had expected in my mind. The resultant situation is something that happened later in time than when you made predictions about the same. I ...
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What is the best “had or had expected ” in this case

It turned out that what happened was different from what I expected in my mind. I would like to know if my sentence is idiomatic and if we can write the following? It turned out that what happened ...
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Why are things from the past talked about using past tense?

This is from Wikipedia: Gilligan's Island is an American sitcom created and produced by Sherwood Schwartz. The show had an ensemble cast that featured Bob Denver, Alan Hale Jr., Jim Backus, Natalie ...
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Second verb after the simple past

I recently noticed that if the first verb of a sentence is past simple, the second verb must be the base form of the verb. For example: I made her suffer. But I saw the following sentence in my book ...
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Why is past simple preferred to present perfect in this case for the second action

I have given the documents another look-over, but still didn't find any glaring errors. Why is this sentence possible I don't understand why the past simple is right here? Past simple corresponds to ...
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“What if + (past simple), but (present perfect)?”

Does it make sense to ask a question like this: “What if you wanted to open the door, but I have taken your keys?” It’s just an example but is it possible to use this structure? Would it be correct to ...
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Have finished, just

My friend learns English. And he often uses “I have just finished”. Yet in America I hear people say, “I just finished”. Which one is correct/more correct? (I read this 'Have just finished' vs....
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the company has signed or the company signed?

Why is it "this year the company has signed contracts to equip two large factories" and not "this year the company signed contracts to equip large factories" So you say has signed ...
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Present perfect or simple past.. have fallen in love or fell in love

I'm learning present perfect and simple past in English and I have a question, is it correct to say "My parents have fallen in love and have gotten married" or "they fell in love and ...
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simple present or present perfect, which one to use and when?

So, to be more specific, I am confused between when to use the simple past tense and when to use the present perfect(has/have)? Based on the context, can anyone please tell me when to use them and how?...
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Is it possible to use “yet” with past simple?

Is it common to use “yet” with Past Simple before Past Perfect Progressive? Or is it better to use Present Perfect? Someone asked me : Why you hadn’t written earlier? I think a specific time is ...
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“Since” of “after” when talking about something in past?

...50 years after the beginning of his career or ...50 years since the beginning of his career Lets suppose that we are talking about someone whose career is endede already, or someone who has died ...
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Which is correct - have left or left?

Which of these sentences is right: The cops usually arrive 20 minutes after the robbers have left. OR The cops usually arrive 20 minutes after the robbers left. Which is correct, have left or left?...
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“It was the first time I did” vs. “it was the first time had done”

Could you tell me if there is any difference between the following sentences? I saw that movie last year, and actually it was the first time I saw it. I saw that movie last year, and actually it was ...
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Which sentence is right?

I saw something that I am not supposed to see. I saw something I'm not supposed to have seen. I saw something I shouldn't have seen. I saw something I shouldn't have see. I saw something I shouldn't ...
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“You were wrong before” vs. “you have been wrong before”

Could you tell me if there is any difference between you were wrong before and you have been wrong before? For example: Person A: I'll make the right decision. Person B: Nah. You were wrong before/...
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Do I use the Past Simple or the Present Perfect whem talking about my previous jobs?

Let's say I work as a bartender, and I want to mention the fact that I worked as a cook a while ago. Do I use the Past Simple or the Present Perfect? For example: Person A: Do you think you could ...
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Should I use past simple or present perfect for something that happened a second ago?

I'm stepping out onto the balcony and want to say about it after I've done it. Should I say: "I've stepped out onto the balcony" or "I stepped out onto the balcony"? If a person ...
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“I worked the whole day yesterday” vs “I was working the whole day yesterday”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because I worked the whole day yesterday. I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because ...
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“I lived in” vs. “I have lived in” in context

Let's say I lived in the US two years ago and I want to mention the fact that I have the experience of living there without mentioning when I did it. Do I say I lived in the US or I've lived in the US?...
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What is wrong in

Question: Does the following sentence use the correct verbs? Yesterday, I was being hungry, so I bought food. Answer: The first verb should not be progressive. I don't understand the error. If I say I ...
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enjoyed OR have enjoyed?

Should I choose ENJOYED or HAVE ENJOYED in this situation ?And WHY ? I (enjoyed/have enjoyed) working with my company but now I want to look for another job. I think it should be 'I enjoyed ' ...
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What verb tense should I use?

-------Just for the context------- Imagine yourself sitting on a couch, with your friend in crime, in an empty motel room, talking with each other about this enormous diamond you stole 2 days ago from ...
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Past Progressive or Past Perfect Progressive? [duplicate]

In a past narrative, I often see people using Past Perfect Progressive for things that are still true, which is odd to me, as the Past Perfect Progressive is an action that started in the past and ...
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Difference in meaning - 'started climbing' v 'has been climbing' [closed]

What is the difference between them: He started climbing at the age of 11. He has been climbing since he was 11. For me they are same and I don't see difference.
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Past simple in the second conditional

In the Friends TV show Phoebe complains about her bank and five hundred extra dollars in her account. She explains that she can't spend that money in the following words: Let's say I bought a really ...
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I was never there instead of I have never been there

Is it grammatically correct to say "I was never there" instead of "I have never been there"? I have read in Michael Swan's English grammar book that AmE speakers use the simple ...
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What tense is a good choice for these sentences: past simple or past perfect?

But when I saw the very thin packaging I thought that it was a miracle that the record was not broken. But when I saw the very thin packaging I thought that it was a miracle that the record had not ...

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