Past tenses

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Past tenses

Subject + was/were + a verb with ing endingSubject + wasn't/weren't + a verb with ing endingWas/Were + subject + verb with ing ending

Subject + a regular verb+edSubject + a irregular verbSubject + didn't + an infinitiveDid + subject + an infinitive

Past tenses

Use the Simple Past to express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past. Sometimes, the speaker may not actually mention the specific time, but they do have one specific time in mind.

Use the Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted. The interruption is usually a shorter action in the Simple Past. Remember this can be a real interruption or just an interruption in time.

past simple

past continuous



Ten people were sitting around the table. It was raining outside. Suddenly, the door opened and a woman entered the room. She was wearing a black dress. Everyone stared at, her but she didn't say anything. She slowly went to the table and put an envelope on it. They were just staring at her as she left the room.



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