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Questions about the Simple Past tense.

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Where no man {has gone/went} before

Is there any difference between these two sentences? And how to sense the difference? Where no man has gone before. Where no man went before. The first sentence is the title of episode three of Star ...
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Past Perfect with the word “within”

My question is about the use of the Past Perfect Simple in the following excerpt: Back in 1995, when Bezos was shipping books from his garage, Pierre Omidyar, a software programmer, started coding a ...
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Which is correct: “where she went” or “where did she go”?

My friend asked me about my colleague and I replied him that "I don't know where she went". Then he replied that I must say like "I don't know where did she go". Is there any mistake in the former ...
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“On holiday” vs. “on a holiday”

The textbook "Oxford Practice Grammar" by John Eastwood has this example in Unit 15, Exercise 2: Have you ever played beach volleyball? Yes, we played it on holiday. a) The holiday is still ...
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“If the family wasn't killed, maybe he'd never have left.” Why is past simple “wasn't” used here?

It's another time when I come across this sort of conditional and can't understand why there is a past simple in the "if" clause. Shouldn't there be a past perfect (hadn't been killed)? Here's the ...
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Why not present perfect in “Nobody told me”

There is a song by John Lennon called "Nobody Told Me". It goes like this: Nobody told me there'd be days like these / Strange days indeed As ESL learners we are told that in the presence of a ...
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Present perfect or past simple another situation

A couple days ago I stumbled upon a sentence that I couldn't get my head around. In the sentence: I have read all of the author's books; Gregor gave me the first book of the series. I know it ...
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Please explain WHY the participle is (or isn't) used in these sentences;

The answers in bold are deemed to be correct, according to a book I'm using. I also state which answer I chose and my REASONING behind it (please feel free to comment on it). I can't, for the life of ...
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Using simple past with and without specific time

I know that simple past is used to talk about: Completed action in the past (with specific time) A series of completed action Duration in the past Habits in the past Past facts or ...
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“He would have done anything you [would ask/would have asked/had asked] him to”

I want to say "He'll do anything you ask him to" but in the past tense, as that was the case 10 years ago, but he's not like that anymore. Which of the following should I use? He would have done ...
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Does simple “Simple Past” express “Scheduled or Timetabled Future Event in the past” just as “Simple present” does in the present?

Englishpage.com says: USE 3 Scheduled Events in the Near Future Speakers occasionally use Simple Present to talk about scheduled events in the near future. This is most commonly done when ...
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I've just deleted the message OR I just deleted the message

Context: I was about to send you a "grammatical stuff", and that's when it hit me: "She's already studying a lot of things." That's why I've just deleted the message above. Can I use present perfect ...
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In this phrase, should I use “cheered” or “were cheering”?

I came across this phrase answering exercises about the difference between past continuous, past simple, and past perfect. "The crowd _____ (cheer) when the referee _____ (blow) the final whistle." ...
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Simple Past Tense for duration of time

This is an example of simple past usage I stumbled upon on YouTube: "Sarah and David talked for two hours" It is not clear to me why present perfect or past continues are not used here instead of ...