Past Tense
 
 
 
 
Past Tense

In this lesson you will learn the definition of past tense and study examples of past tense.
Past Tense Definition
  • Past tense is an action, event, or condition which occurred before the present and includes the following:
  • simple past
  • past perfect
  • past progressive
  • past perfect progressive
  • The table below shows the past tense
tense & aspect aspect
simple perfect progressive perfect progressive
tense past simple
past
past
perfect
past
progressive
past
perfect
progressive
present simple
present
present
perfect
present
progressive
present
perfect
progressive
future simple
future
future
perfect
future
progressive
future
perfect
progressive
Past Tense Examples
  • Simple past: "I went." In English this implies that the action took place in the past and that it is not taking place now.
  • I painted the house.
  • I ate breakfast this morning.
  • I went to the bookstore with my best friend.
  • Past perfect: "I had gone." Expresses that an action was completed prior to some other event.
  • I had painted the house.
  • I had eaten breakfast this morning.
  • I had gone to the bookstore with my best friend.
  • Past progressive: "I was going."
  • I was painting the house.
  • I was eating breakfast this morning.
  • I was going to the bookstore with my best friend.
  • Past perfect progressive: "I had been going." Usually expressed with duration, this indicates that an event was ongoing for a specific time, then completed before a specific event.
  • I had been painting the house.
  • I had been eating breakfast this morning.
  • I had been going to the bookstore with my best friend.
 
Additional Information
An Introduction to Verb Tenses
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of verb tenses. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Are You Progressing with Progressive Tenses?
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of tenses.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Are You Progressing with Progressive Tenses?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of tenses. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
 
Grammar Tips
Can You Catch These Native Speaker Mistakes?
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of common mistakes. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Commonly Confused Words: Part One
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening, reading)

A video lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words.
The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed.
Click here to visit the lesson page.
Commonly Confused Words: Part Two
(Beginner - Listening)

An audio lesson to help with your understanding of commonly confused words. The English is spoken at 75% of normal speed. Click here to visit the lesson page with the written script for this audio program.