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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Is “I got a headache” correct?

I got a headache. Is this sentence grammatically correct? Headache is a countable noun. Therefore a headache part is correct. Can we use simple past tense without any words like yesterday, last week ...
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“a team of graphics editors, designers and editors brought the project to life this month.” is the statement correct?(It's taken from an article)

I think we can only use "this month" with the present perfect tense not with the past tense. Here 'this month' is used with past tense which is wrong I think because we specify the time ...
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I've spent (at least) a year in the US

He's spent (at least) a year in the US. He spent (at least) a year in the US. Which is correct? Is "spend" a stative verb?
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past simple and continuous

"Nero played music while Rome was burning." I just copied it from one English workbook for primary school. If it was watched, saw... I would take it as correct. This really bothers me, I ...
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Should this reported speech use “was” or “had been” to convert “was”?

When you have a sentence in the direct speech talking about someone’s age such as “a producer discovered me when I was 13” How does it change into the reported speech? he said a producer had ...
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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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I always thought that he was a great teacher [duplicate]

I've always thought that he was a great teacher. I always thought that he was a great teacher. If I've just changed my opinion about him being a great teacher, can I say that (2) and (3) mean the ...
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Is this statement right? Ferrari just released a

I was reading this news over internet and i am wondering if this statement can be written differently or not. Ferrari just released a few photos of its upcoming limited-edition track-focused 812 Can ...
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Which past tense should I use in this case, past simple or past perfect contnuous?

Assume that I want to say that I lived for a while in one country, but then I moved away. What tense do I need to use for that purpose? e.g.: I had been living in England for 2 years, but then in 2015 ...
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I wrote a letter for an hour

I've just read that it is not possible to say "I wrote a letter for three hours", but I've seen many examples like "I read the book for an hour" or "I watched the film for an ...
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“Did you already…?” and “Have you already…?”

Is there any semantic difference between "Did you already" and "Have you already" questions? For example: 1a) Did you already do your homework? 1b) Have you already done your ...
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Is continuous a better solution in this sentence?

The two men were thieves and the TV they were carrying was his TV! just wondering if "is carrying" could be changed in carried because the action was completed. He helped them carry to their ...
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I didn't know what I should/was supposed to do

Can 'should' be used in the past? I don't mean a regret here. I haven't found an answer on the Internet because all the explanations describe regrets. I didn't know what I should/was supposed to do
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Is there any difference in meaning between the past simple and the past continuous when used before “till” or “until”?

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the past simple and the past continuous when used before till? For example: I worked till midnight and then went to bed. I was working ...
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What should I use (Past perfect or Past Simple)

I have the following sentences. And must choose on of the tences (Past Simple, Past Perfect, Past Continuos, Past Perfect Continuos): Sally Deedes was walking home late one night. She (be) to a ...
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Do I use the past simple or the present perfect after “I've been meaning” as in “I've been meaning to do something, but I've always forgotten/forgot”?

Could you tell me if I have to use the past simple or the present perfect after I've been meaning in the context below? I've been meaning to watch the movie, but I always forgot to till now. I've ...
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Correct use of Went to and had gone?

Which sentence is correct? I was questioned as below. Q) Where did you go when principal arrived at you your home? And, my answer was Ans) I went to School. Or Should it be as below a) I Went ...
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“I have known her since I lived there” vs “I have known her since I have lived there”

What is the difference in meaning between the following sentences? I have known her since I lived in the street. I have known her since I have lived in the street. In Swan's 4th edition of ...
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Can present perfect and present simple be used in the same sentence?

I occasionally say a sentence in which mixing the two tenses feels natural but in theory they express different relations to time so I am unsure whether this is correct. One example sentence would be: ...
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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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Looking for reference of present continuous and simple past in story telling?

The sentence being: After pulling the fisherman to safety, the groomsmen returned for more wedding photos on the jetty – this time in their underwear, dripping wet and a little battered and bruised. ...
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played guitar/had played guitar at the party

He is the man who played guitar at the party. This is stating a fact. He is the man who was playing guitar at the party. This emphasizes the duration, but the meaning is essentially the same as the ...
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I/some people/people have experienced symptoms when I/they had pneumonia

I have experienced these three symptoms when I had pneumonia. I experienced these three symptoms when I had pneumonia. What is the difference between (1) and (2)?
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that’s/that was one of the worst experiences [duplicate]

I'd like to know whether "that's" should have been replaced by "that was" in the following. The experience took place in the past. I tried Mary's muffins last Friday, and that’s ...
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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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Can simple past used as present perfect

I am confused about these two dialogues where Tom wants to borrow a big amount of money from Jim who is a very stingy person. Tom is talking to Steve about it. Tom, Jim, and Steve are very close ...
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“Before last year” vs “the year before last”

I finished school the year before last. I finished school before last year. Is there any difference between these phrases?
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Why is 'when' used with a past simple instead of a past perfect?

I've come across the following: (A) Joe had been on a diet for a month when he came to stay with us, and we noticed immediately that he had already lost a lot of weight. According to Advanced ...
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What have you done or what did you do? [duplicate]

Suppose a child is accused of misbehaviour and the parent wants to know what the child has done. Would it be okay to ask the child: "what have you done?" or should they say "what did ...
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Why is the present perfect used instead of simple past?

In an article about whether it is safe for pregnant women to cycle, a woman who is no longer pregnant ( she has recently given birth to her second child) says: "I have cycled during both ...
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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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Past Simple vs Past Perfect

A: I was too angry. And cold. I had been waiting outside the cinema for three-quarters of an hour. B: But why? _____________________ (you/not/get) my text? A: What text? B: The text I sent you ...
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Simple past or Past perfect tense in noun clause after a preposition?

He spoke about how he trained himself to hold his breath for a long time. Or He spoke about how he had trained himself to hold his breath for a long time.
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Developed an application

Let's assume that an employee wrote the following sentence in the weekly report: Developed an application [doing something useful] Does this sentence mean that an application is ready? Or does 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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“When I've pulled up your hat I've seen your braids” or should I use the past simple?

Let's say I have just seen my daughter's braids under her hat. Should I say to her: Baby when I've pulled up your hat I've seen your braids or Baby when I pulled up your hat I saw your braids The ...
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Can you use past perfect tense in general past sentenses? [closed]

e.g. I usually started my day with the thing that had woken me up. Or you must use past perfect only in specific situations.
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Which one is correct? “Do you enjoyed sports?” or “Did you enjoy sports?” [closed]

I'm trying to understand one thing about this sentence. Can anyone tell me the mistake? "Do you enjoyed sports?" For what I know, that sentence is in the past tense. Shouldn't that be a ...
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“He/she is the first to…” vs. “he/she was the first to…”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? Neil Armstrong is the first man to step on the Moon surface. Neil Armstrong was the first man to step on the ...
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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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The sun hasn't risen or hadn't risen?

When I got up at 4:30 this morning, I could still see the stars in the sky. The sun _____ yet. a. hasn't risen b. didn't rise c. hadn't risen I believe it is C because we are talking about ...
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What's the difference between “They finished the project by March” and “They had finished the project by March”? [duplicate]

What's the difference between "They finished the project by March" and "They had finished the project by March"? Can you give contexts when to use one and not the other?
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What's the difference between `Where did you think I was all this time?` and `Where did you think I have been all this time?`?

I have recently heard the first sentence Where did you think I was all this time? in a movie but my intuition as a non native speaker tells me that present perfect would suit better this case because &...
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past simple possible in that case

I used (use) to ski when I was at the university but I broke (break) a leg five years ago and since then I have not skied (not ski) any more. Will be possible to use past simple I did not ski any ...
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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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uses of past perfect and past indefinte

several years after father had retired on a pension ,an accountant came to india to examine.he discovered that father had never applied for overdue bonuses. My question is...... why is he not writing ...
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Can I use Simple Past in a subordinate clause with “while” when the main clause is in the Past Progressive?

I was reading while she slept. Or should it necessarily be "I was reading while she was sleeping" or "I read while she slept"? Can I use the Simple Past in a subordinate clause ...
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Confusion with past and past perfect tense usage

I want to write a narrative in simple past tense. I have some confusion regarding the usage of past and past perfect tense. Kindly read the below narrative and provide guidance. He asked me why I ...
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It's more than ten years since i last went, had gone or have gone to Alex

It's more than ten years since i last (went _ had gone _ have gone) to Alex Which one is correct and why
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Are these grammatical? The simpler the better?

"He was washing the dishes while she was watching football" "He said that he had been washing the dishes while she had been watching football" "He said that he had been ...

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