The Past Tenses

We use simple past when we talk about actions that happened and were completed in the past. Usually, we make the simple past by adding -ed to a base verb. However, many common verbs are irregular, so they change in different ways. When to Use the Simple Past Tense A […]

Simple Past Tense

The past perfect tense is used most often to emphasize that one event happened before another event, and to show the relationship between them.    We form the past perfect tense by using had, followed by the main verb in past participle form.     Subject Had Verb (past participle) […]

Past Perfect Tense

We use the past continuous tense (also known as the past progressive) to talk about actions in the past that lasted for some time. It is formed by using was/were + present participle.   Subject Simple past tense of “to be” Present Participle I/he/she/it/Maggie was talking. They/we/you/you all were talking. […]

Past Continuous

The past perfect continuous tense is used most often to express that something started in the past and continued until another event in the past.  It can also be used for reasons and explanations for things in the past. We form the past perfect continuous tense by using had, then […]

Past Perfect Continuous Tense