Here’s the second part of our English Grammar Tense Cheat Sheets. Make sure you bookmark this page. Scroll to the bottom for questions to practise. Here we go.
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past simple When do we use it?
- completed actions Last Thursday I had a beer with Maggie.
- past habits. When I was a child, I played the piano.
past continuous When do we use it?
- past activities of duration or repetition where completion is unclear/unknown They weren’t listening to the teacher.
- past actions in progress before the main event. They were having dinner when Jake turned up.
past perfect simple When do we use it?
- completed actions that happened before another past event. The film had started by the time I arrived at the cinema.
past perfect continuous When do we use it?
- activities of duration or repetition that were in progress before the main event and continued after. I hadn’t been listening to the teacher, so didn’t know the answer.
Past Tenses Cheat Sheet
Intrepid English Study Tip: We all know reviewing new vocabulary helps commit it to our long term memory. Next time you are studying a list of words, why not try this. Spend 15-20 minutes after dinner studying the new words. In the morning when you wake up write down as many as you can remember before checking it against your list.
- What did you do for your last birthday? (past simple)
- What did you want to be when you grew up? (past simple)
- What were you doing this time last week? (past continuous)
- What were you doing at midnight on 31 December 1999? (past continuous)
- Think about the last time you were angry, what had you or someone else done before that? (past perfect simple)
- When was the last time you got a compliment, what had you done to receive it? (past perfect simple)
- Think about the last time you felt really relaxed, what had you been doing before you felt relaxed? (past perfect continuous)
- What had you been doing just before the last time it started raining? (past perfect continuous)
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