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Simple Past Tense - Glossary of Terms


Simple Past Tense

Verbs describing actions that took place in the past are said to be in the past tense.  The simple past tense is used for an action that took place in the past.

Examples:

The Martians landed near the aqueduct.
The burglar considered using the fire escape.

The simple past tense is one for four past tenses.  They are:
 
The 4 Past Tenses Example
simple past tense I went
past progressive tense I was going
past perfect tense I had gone
past perfect progressive tense I had been going
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