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Questions about the Simple Past tense.

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Simple past use in continous action [duplicate]

Reading Albert Camus's The Stranger and I found the following passage: "As we ate, he started telling me his story" I started wondering if there were other examples of simple past used with ...
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Using "I wish" to express regret or desire [migrated]

I would like to know which of the following sentences can be considered similar in meaning to this one : ** I regret that teenangers are treated in a bad way ** I wish teenagers WERE NOT treated in ...
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Why is past simple being used in these sentences instead of past perfect? [duplicate]

I'm doing an Anki Deck that consists of "Advanced English Grammar" and I don't understand why in examples below I can't use the form I'm suggesting, but instead have to use the form that is ...
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Use simple past or present? [duplicate]

Between these sentences: Ten years ago he showed me the location of the stations. There was a bridge that connected them. Ten years ago he showed me the location of the stations. There is a bridge ...
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simple past or present perfect issue

I would like to ask the reason of using present perfect tense instead of past tense in the italic words in the sentence below: She has gotten older since we last met her. She also seems to have ...
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“Had started” or “Started”?

As the bath oil facility is where the fire had started, its proximity to the island fruit trees means the fires spread onto the orchard farm. I didn’t use “has started” because it’s already done. I’m ...
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We didn't know what to do, so we did nothing/ were doing nothing [closed]

I came across this sentence in one of my workbooks: We were in a difficult position. We didn't know what to do, so we did nothing / were doing nothing. The key suggests that this should make use of ...
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Can leveraging only tense convey that some action is no longer relevant?

There are two sentences I myself come up with: I haven't checked my inbox for the last few days. I didn't check my inbox for the last few days. Is #2 grammatically correct and idiomatic? Does #2 ...
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is the first vs was the first [duplicate]

Which is correct? George Washington was the first president of the United States. or George Washington is the first president of the United States. (He will always be the first president of the United ...
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Why is James Bond saying "We didn't get yet"?

I've recently seen the trailer for the new James Bond movie and he is saying: "We all have our secrets. We just didn't get to yours yet". Shouldn't have he said "we just haven't got to ...
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Past simple or past continuous for process in the past?

Let's say that I have a computer program that had been doing one thing, but later that program was changed. Which statement would be more correct? It was sorting by errors, but now it's sorting by ...
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Reported/Indirect Speech and Past Simple with when. Can they get confused with each other?

Going straight to the point, let's say that I have a sentence like He asked when the train arrived. How can I tell whether this is a Past Simple (As soon as the train arrived he asked) or Reported ...
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Present perfect vs simple past in main and relative clause [duplicate]

I would like to ask if the following sentences have different meanings. lately I've been overthinking about tenses which I've been using fluently my whole life. Specifically present perfect Context: ...
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"cause" vs "caused" [closed]

I want to create a short and simple error message. But were confused with the usage of past-tense "cause" Which one is correct? Unexpected condition caused error or Unexpected condition ...
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Can we use specific time when using past simple with past perfect?

I wonder if it's possible and correct to put a specific time like this. I had finished my homework at 6 am. before I went to school at 7 am.
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What is the passive voice of a sentence that is structured as 'past perfect' before 'simple past'

For example, how would the sentence below be expressed in the passive voice? I had completed all tasks before they arrived.
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Past Perfect or Past Simple

I want to understand if we need to keep using past perfect in a long sentence. (in speaking and writing english) For example, "I want to tell you a story that happened to me in summer. I started ...
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Use of present perfect tense in news articles

When to use present perfect tense has always been confusing for me. I know that it carries a sense of continuity from the past, but many times in news articles, I come across sentences with present ...
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What's the difference between simple past and present prefect? I quite have a doubt with the below statements. Do they convey the same meaning?

Do these two convey the same meaning? And if not, what's the difference? Judy had visited Thailand in 2014 Judy visited Thailand in 2014
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If “were tired” is correct grammatically, why is “was studied” not? [closed]

I was practicing english and I have a question. Why is it correct to write: We were so tired. But it is not correct to write: I was studied english. I know that it is correct to write: I studied ...
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As she gathered or as she was gathering

I was studying for the ACT ,and I encountered a question. There is a sentence: Donna was surprised at my suggestion, but quickly began sharing my unbridled enthusiasm as she ___ the appropriate ...
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Verb tense confusion - how to correctly use past perfect in a past tense narrative

Okay, scenario: In a novel set in narrative past tense, there's a sentence, "We had become friends when nobody had liked him and it had seemed no one ever would." Is the past perfect being ...
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What are the two tenses used in this passage? [closed]

Which are the two tenses used in this passage? I have known my friend Rebecca for a long time. We first met at a friend's birthday party five years ago. We found out that we both liked techno and ...
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"I was no longer working for X" vs. "I no longer worked for X"

I'm a student learning English and recently helped a friend of mine write an important email in English. The text I gave him contained the following part: I am sorry for not replying to your email, ...
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"Value was fetched successfully" or "Value is fetched successfully"? [duplicate]

In an application I'm developing, a user is allowed to fetch a value using a button. Upon the value being successfully fetched, I need to notify the user. I used the following sentence. The value was ...
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Past simple or present perfect? [closed]

Is it better to say "I learned" or "I have learned English from a very young age"?
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Past perfect or present perfect?

We didn't go to the party last night because we have had a fever Or We didn't got to the party last night because we had had a fever I know the past perfect describes an completed before a certain ...
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Question concerning tenses

Lauren has coaxed her brother many times to go cinema with her but he never listens Lauren has coaxed her brother many times to go cinema with her but he never listened Which sentence is correct? ...
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A question concerning use of simple past and present perfect tense

Do you think you saw me somewhere before Or Do you think you have seen me somewhere before In my grammar books it says that the Present Perfect is never used with adverbs of past time. In such cases ...
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Will Today word change the sentence tense? [closed]

According to book I ma using, the author introduced the difference between past and simple as following: My question is: if I didn't change today to yesterday will it makes difference? I was in class ...
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What is the difference between the simple past and the passive voice?

I always get confused trying to explain the difference between the past tense and the passive voice. If I say something like "The gym opened yesterday" or "The gym was opened yesterday&...
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Present Perfect vs Simple Past

Can an American English speaker confirm whether the Simple Past tense is possible in the following sentences? I didn't have so much fun for a long time. You don't need to call him. He lost his phone....
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Simple past or past perfect?

Is this sentence grammatically correct? I had felt a strange panic as I was parted from it. (Song of Achilles, Madeline Miller) It seems rather strange to me to pair the past perfect with the simple ...
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Past simple- present perfect no time reference

I have a doubt between the usage of past simple and present perfect about the meaning of “indefinite past” If I don’t mention or it’s not clear a time expression, Could I use the PP instead o PS? For ...
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Using past simple tense after past perfect

When X happened, I had not taken my pills because I hadn't had them with me. When X happened, I had not taken my pills because I didn't have them with me. Is the second sentence ...
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I wonder why couldn't it be Past Continous in this exercise

They ............ (get) to the airport as the plane was landing. I'm doing this exercise of completing with Past Simple, Past Continuous or Past Perfect Simple. In the answer section I found got as ...
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What time need use?

What correct answer in the first case: worked or has worked? Or other? And why? Seven years ago, while she (1)has worked part-time in a hospital, Emily became interested in medicine.
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Past simple transforms to past perfect?

I had a leg injury. Past simple. I had had a leg injury. Past perfect. But if I add word "until" past simple transforms to past perfect: I had a leg injury until I was 15. Is this sentence correct? ...
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Had vs Have had

I was wondering if the following phrases I had no idea you were there I've had no idea you were there are both grammatically correct? As a rule, I've seen the 1st option much more often than the ...
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Past Perfect or Past Simple? [duplicate]

I am writing a text on theatre. I would like to put in one sentence two different time references: "The model has recently been popular in the academia" AND "It was theorized about 50 years ago by ...
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Past Perfect Simple vs Past Simple

By the time he had reached the door, he remembered the pink diamond. By the time he reached the door, he remembered the pink diamond. Are both sentences grammatically correct? Thank you!
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Has lived vs. lived

I've a question about whether to use the present perfect or past simple in the following sentence: Samantha has lived/lived in Berlin for more than two years. The above sentence has been obtained ...
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"I have been busy" past vs present

When someone asks me during a phone call " where have you been " then I answer as follow : I have been busy 1-Does it necessarily means that I was busy and I am still busy or could it means that I ...
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Ask about Past simple and past continuous tense

Which one I should choose for this sentence: As soon as we walked into the room, we (were hearing/heard)_____ a noise. Someone (used/was using)______ my computer. I think I will choose "heard" & "...
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were or had been

I'm not sure about what sentence is right (and a little explanation why if it's not too much to ask would be nice): 1) Everybody was irritated when they were told they wouldn't be paid. 2) Everybody ...
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Specified time in the Past in the Reported Speech

I am learning Reported Speech in the Past now. In my English textbook there is a rule: "When it is provided when exactly the action happened, you can leave the Past Simple as it is". I was looking it ...
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With which tense do we use 'as'? [closed]

I've got a sentence. As the plane took off, I held my mum's hand tightly. Why do we use past simple here, if we have the word as, which implies the use of past progressive? How to know which tense ...
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What's the difference between has entered and entered?

My uncle has entered many sailing boat races. -In the past but I don't say when. My uncle entered a sailing boat race in 2014 and won. -In the past but I say when. What's the difference between has ...
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Difference between present perfect and past simple (in a sentence without a finished time word)

In my book I saw the sentence: No one was around, so she decided to explore the path. Could not be "she has decided"? There is no finished time word. I don't understand why.
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Past perfect instead of past simple in fiction

I read web fiction a lot and sometimes I notice sentences that, while being written in past perfect tense, might have been written in past simple tense as well. For example: He’d broken his ...
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