Presentation on theme: "Past Tenses 1. Simple Past For past actions/ events, which are usually short in duration the past time of these actions/events may/may not be."— Presentation transcript:
Past Tenses 1. Simple Past For past actions/ events, which are usually short in duration the past time of these actions/events may/may not be given E.g. I borrowed two books last week. The teacher told us a bad news.
Simple Past must be used when the word ago is used. E.g. I visited Peter three days ago. Used to + Bare infinitive They are the basic verb forms, e.g. go, read, do, without adding ‘s’/‘es’/ ‘ed’ For showing PAST Habits, not the present ones.
E.g. I used to swim on Sundays, but in these two years, I usually go fishing. (here, swimming was the past habit and the present habit is fishing) Be used to + -ing Be can take the form of “is/am/are” for present habits E.g. I am used to studying at night.
2. Past Continuous Tense For showing what was happening in a particular past moment. For longer past actions/events E.g. I was watching TV at 9 p.m. last night. They were reading books last morning.
When/While linking two actions happening at the same time long actions: -ing form (e.g. is watching) short actions: simple form (e.g. opened the door)
While: Linking long actions (-ing) E.g. While he was doing his homework, I was watching TV. While +-ing I was watching TV while he was doing his homework. While in the front, => “,” While in the central, => no “,”
When: Linking both long & short actions E.g. When he was doing his homework, I was watching TV. (two long actions) When + -ing E.g. When he entered the room, he smelt something burning. (two short actions) When + simple past Can when be placed at the centre of the sentence? YES
How about linking one long and one short actions? E.g. I was having my bath when he entered the flat. Long Short While he was doing his homework, the telephone rang. Long Short
3. Past Perfect Tense used when there are two past actions one action before the other action A action B now 2 days ago 1 day ago now