Part G. The Simple Past Tense

Part G. The Simple Past Tense

This tense refers to actions that are finished when time is known. A connection to the present is not presumed

These actions cannot be repeated due to the time expression-

very important to mention when comparing Present Perfect 2 (life experiences/indefinite time) to Past Simple).

Many time expressions can be used, but not for or since.

Look at the examples below – for can be used when you show how long a past action lasted).

This tense does not emphasize the duration.


I bought a laptop last year.

We went to the beach last summer.

I got my license when I was 17.

She left for America in 1992.

She lived in Oman for 15 years.

She married her boyfriend after dating for 3 years.