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Past Tense: Concept and Its Types | Turito

Grade 7
Aug 30, 2022

Tense alludes to the formation of a verb to mirror its place in time—that is, when the action happened. 

  • Technically there are two grammatical tenses in English: the past tenseand the present tense. Verbs in their basic form inherently describe the present time, and they can be conjugated into a unique form that describes the past. 

The Past Tense 

Simple Past Tense 

  • Verbs that tell us about actions that occurred in the past are called in the simple past tense. 
  • I walked to school yesterday. 
  • They played football last week. 

Past Continuous Tense 

The past continuous is used to express an action or a state which occurred in the past and continued for some time.  

  • She was working very hard last month. 
  • The cows were grazing in the field. 
  • She was singing 

 Past Perfect Tense 

  • The past perfect is utilized to show that one action or event happened before another past action, event, or time. 
  • I took the decision after I had spoken  to John.  
  • Before he left the office, John had spoken to his supervisor. 

Past Perfect Continuous Tense  

  • The past perfect continuous tense is used when an action or event was happening for a period of time until (or just before) another action, event, or time. 
  • I had been learning English in this school for 20 days. 
  • Had she not been writing a letter? 


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