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TENSES
Kinds of Tenses Tense Table
Simple Present Present Continuous Present Perfect Present Perfect Continuous
Simple Past Past Continuous Past Perfect Past Perfect Continuous
Simple Future Future Continuous Future Perfect Future Perfect Continuous
Present Conditional Tense Conditional Sentences
SIMPLE PAST TENSE

Simple Past tense is used when the action is simply mentioned and understood to have taken place in the past. The action started and ended sometime in the past but the time may or may not be mentioned.

Structure for Simple Past

subject main verb
subject past form
I went to college.

Structure for Negative sentence

subject auxiliary verb main verb
subject did + not base form
I did not go to college.

Structure for interrogative sentence

auxiliary verb subject main verb
Did subject base form
Did you go to college?

In Simple Past Tense it does not matter how long ago the action has taken place: it can be a few minutes or seconds in the past, or millions of years in the past. Also it does not matter how long the event is. It can be a few milliseconds (bomb explosion) or millions of years (Jurassic time).

We normally use the simple past tense when:

the event is in the past.
the event is completely finished.
we say the time or place of the event.
  USES OF SIMPLE PAST TENSE
The Simple Past is used to indicate an action completed in the past. It often occurs with adverbs or adverb phrases of past time.
 
Examples
The steamer sailed yesterday.
I received his letter a week ago.
Sometimes this tense is used without an adverb of time. In such the time may be either implied or indicated by the context.
 
Examples
I learnt Hindi in Nagpur.
I didn’t sleep well. (i.e. last night).
The Simple Past is also used for past habits:
 
Examples
He studied many hours every day.
She always carried an umbrella.
SIMPLE PAST TENSE TABLE
AFFIRMATIVE NEGATIVE INTERROGATIVE
I went. (I did go.) I did not go. Did I go?
You went. (You did go.) You did not go. Did you go?
We went. (We did go.) We did not go. Did we go?
He/she went. (did go.) He/she did not go. Did he/she go?
They went. (They did go.) They did not go. Did they go?
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Kinds of Tenses Tense Table
Simple Present Present Continuous Present Perfect Present Perfect Continuous
Simple Past Past Continuous Past Perfect Past Perfect Continuous
Simple Future Future Continuous Future Perfect Future Perfect Continuous
Present Conditional Tense Conditional Sentences