Learn English grammar: The past simple

 

This article looks at the past simple. We use the past simple to talk about actions that have finished.

What does the past simple look like?
When do we use the past simple?

 

When I was twelve my family moved to a new house.

 This sentence contains two past simple tense verbs.

 Was – the past of the verb ‘to be’. This is an irregular verb. It does not follow rules.

Moved – the past of the verb ‘to move’. This is a regular verb. It follows the same rules as other regular verbs.

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Learn English vocabulary: Spring idioms

Spring Idioms

Have you got a ‘spring’ in your step? Then ‘spring’ into action and learn about spring idioms!

FullSizeRender Here are some idioms and expressions using the word ‘spring’.

 Idioms are common expressions in everyday English.  However it is usually difficult to understand the meaning of the idiom from the words.  For example: ‘To push the boat out’ actually means ‘to spend a lot of money usually to celebrate something.’  The spring idioms below all contain the word spring.  Some are connected to the season and some to the verb ‘to spring’.

 

Idioms are not used in formal writing but are often found in literature or in everyday speech.  You do not need to use them but it is a good idea to understand the most common idioms. Continue reading Learn English vocabulary: Spring idioms

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My name is Lisa and I am a teacher of English as a foreign language and a blog writer.  I am originally from London but now live in the beautiful English county of Gloucestershire.  I have a degree in English and trained as a teacher of English as a foreign language in London over twenty years ago.  I lived in Germany for some years teaching English grammar, conversation and English for business.  I worked with students from many different countries with different language needs.