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|The infinitive||Present participle|
|To + verb||verb + ing|
verb+ d or ed
Mind the irregular verbs
|To close ,To walk||Closing, Walking||Closed ,Walked|
|The simple past|
|Simple past||The rule||Example|
He was/he drank/he went/he played
Yesterday, last week, last month, last year, a month ago....
verb+d or ed
I visited New York City a month ago.
He ate chicken yesterday.
James smoked for most of his life.
(Maybe for 30 years)
Did + verb
Did you find the answer?
Did not (didn't)+ verb
I didn't find the answer.
I did not find the answer.
Did not (didn't)
Yes, I did.
No, I did not (didn't).
|Past Continuous (Progressive)||The rule||Example|
he was playing/he was eating
All night, all day, while, yesterday..)
Was / were+ verb+ing
I was reading a novel yesterday evening.
(I spent the whole evening reading)
I was reading a novel, while he was playing.
(At the same time)
They were living in Moscow.
(Now, they live in London)
We can use the past simple and the past continuous in the same sentence.
I was reading a novel, when the phone rang.
|We were playing games, when she arrived.|
|Past perfect||The rule||Example|
He had played/he had gone
I had finished my work by nine o’clock.
I had played games before I went to bed.
(Two actions: one action before the other one )
|Past perfect continuous||The rule||Example|
He had been playing
He had been going
Had+been+ present participle
Really, I was very tired! I had been revising all evening.
I had been waiting for James for thirty minutes when he finally arrived.
(James arrived after thirty minutes )
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