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Past Perfect Tense: Learn English Grammar

Past Perfect

This article looks at how and when we use the past perfect tense. To form the past perfect we use HAD and the PAST PARTICIPLE.

We use it to describe something that started in the past and happened before another time (also in the past).

For example, ‘They had never been to Italy before. They went for the first time last year.’

How do we form the past perfect?

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Learn English Grammar: The past continuous

What is the past continuous?

When is the past continuous used?

At the end are 5 advanced-level uses of the past continuous for more confident learners.

 The past continuous uses the past of the verb ‘be’ and the infinitive + ‘ing’

 Subject         was/were     infinitive + ‘ing’  

I                       was                 playing           tennis

You                 were                playing           tennis

He/she/it         was                 playing           tennis

We/they         were                playing           tennis

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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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