Simple Past

Simple past is used very often when people are telling stories about something that occurred in the past.

We use simple past for

  1. A completed action in the past. e.g. I walked to work yesterday.
  2. A repeated past action in the past. e.g. I studied hard in school.
  3. A sequence of events that happened in order. e.g. I walked home then a talked to a friend.
Some common keywords for the simple past
  1. Yesterday
  2. Last night/month/year
  3. Ten days ago
  4. In 1975

If you see one of these keywords, it indicates that the sentence is in the past.

For more on verb tenses, check out the verb tense overview, or for some practice check out

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