PAST SIMPLE

Creation:

regular verbs: -ed/-d

irregular verbs: past simple (irregular verbs)

She came home late.    Did she come home late?    She didn't come home late.   

Yes, she did.   No, she didn't.


1. the action which ended in the past and have no connections to the present

   I worked as an actor last year. I saw a terrible film last night. I was at my grandmother yesterday.

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2. actions which happened one after another

   I came from work, I cooked my lunch and I went to bed. I read my favorite book and then listened to the radio. When I arrived at home, I did all my homeworks.

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3. when we narrate a story - w use past/present simple to express the action and past/present continuous to describe situation (not the main action)

   I worked in the garden when it happened... She got up, ate her dinner and then fell on the stairs. During all this time birds were singing and the sun was shining.

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PAST CONTINUOUS

Creation:

She was cooking for two hours.   Was she cooking for two hours?   She wasn't cooking for two hours.   Yes, she was.   No, she wasn't.


1. actions which are happening at the same time

   I was watching television and my sister was reading. I was cooking and listening to the radio. While I was learning, my sister was playing some computer game.

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2. the action which was going on for some time and then was suddenly interrupted with another action

   I was cooking when the doorbell rang. When I was reading the book, John came in. When Mark was travelling through the Czech republic, he lost his passport.

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3. action was going on at some time (or at the time)

  I was cooking at 5 o´clock yesterday. I was reading for two hours. They were typing an article at 8 pm.

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