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Rule of thumb is if there's any kind of time indicator word present, the simple past will suffice. Upon popular demand, here are some examples: We met at the usual place outside the park. She waved and said hello, and I said hi and smiled courteously. She wore a very quaint-looking hat. I realized I had already seen it earlier when we went to the ...


A phrase or a parenthetical expression between the subject and the verb does not change when they denote a part of many. Examples: ~These boxes of candies are all yours. ~My cousins as well as his friends watch the show.

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