English grammar has been confusing me for a long time, so I want to ask some questions about the past and how you use it. I'm more interested in information about British English.

When and how do you use, for example:
haven't felt,
hadn't felt,
wasn't feeling,
has been feeling,
used to feel.

and what's the difference between them?

I kind of understand the difference, but not sure if I do it correctly.

  • A great place to visit could be English Language Learners Good Luck.
    – Kris
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:15
  • Unfortunately, your question is too broad for this site. I think that a good pedagogical grammar book for English language learners is the best place to find answers about the contexts in which the various past tense forms are used.
    – Shoe
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 8:54
  • The answer is very simple. We have a comprehensive chart over at english.stackexchange.com/a/21847/300
    – RegDwigнt
    Commented Sep 27, 2019 at 12:37

1 Answer 1


I haven't felt so happy for a long time (as I do now).

I hadn't felt so happy for a long time (as I did then).

I felt faint (at that moment).

I wasn't feeling very well (that day).

She has been feeling unwell lately.

I used to feel embarrassed when I had to read something out loud.

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