Simple past tense

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Transport by sea is one of the most widely used modes of freight transport.

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It is a convenient mode of transport when cargo has to be transported in bulk.

The cargo containers are marked with logos of different companies for easy identification.

Similarly, there are identifiers in English grammar, which tell us when an action is taking place.

These identifiers are known as tenses.

There are three tenses in English.

Let us try to understand what the past tense is.

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The past tense verb is used to indicate an action, event or condition that had happened in the past.

There are four types of past tense.

To begin with, let’s see what simple past tense is.

We use simple past tense to indicate or describe something that happened or existed in the past.

To form a simple past tense verb, we simply add -ed to the end of the verbs.

Simple past tense is used in many phrases. Let us look at them one by one.

Simple Past Tense is used to talk about an action that started and finished at a specific time in the past.

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Last year, I travelled to Japan.

Here, the verb “travelled”, tells us about an action that occurred last year. Therefore, it is in simple past tense.

Secondly, it is used to talk about a series of actions completed in the past which took place one after another.

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For example: I finished work, walked to the beach and found a nice place to swim.

Here, the verbs “finished, “walked” and “found” are three actions that took place one after another. So, they are in simple past tense.

Simple past tense can also be used with a duration which starts and stops in the past.

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For example: I lived in Brazil for two years.

Here, the verb “lived” helps us to identify that the speaker lived in Brazil for a duration of two years. Therefore, it is in Simple Past tense.

We also use simple past tense whenever we talk about a habit we had in the past.

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For example: I played the violin when I was a child.

The verb “played” tells us about a habit the speaker had in the past. Therefore, it is in simple past tense.

Time for a quick recap

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Tenses are identifiers which tell us when an action is going on.

There are three tenses in English: PAST, PRESENT and FUTURE.

There are four types of past tense: Simple Past, Past Continuous, Past Perfect and Past Perfect Continuous.

We use simple past tense to indicate or describe something that happened or existed in the past.

The End

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