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* * Past Time Main events The past simple is used to describe finished events in the past. Susan went into the station and bought a ticket. Ali cleaned all the shoes two hours ago. We finished our homework and played tennis. Did you fill in the form yesterday? ercan demir: English Teacher
* * We can use the past simple, to say that one thing happened after another. When the telephone rang, Ali answered it. I sheltered under the oak tree when it started to rain. When Ayse arrived, Osman made some coffee. I got up late yesterday morning and had a shower and then had breakfast.At 8 I left the house for school.
* * 1. Background Description Past Continuous Tense The past continuous is used to describe actions still in progress, and is used for background description. There were a lot of people waiting in the station. Some were sleeping on the benches, and others were walking up and down. Susan was looking for Graham, so she didn't sit down.
* * When telling a story,describing background. I was standing outside the bus station. It was getting late and I was feeling tired. I was waiting for a man called Johnny. And past simple for events and actions. Suddenly, a woman came round the corner and walked right up to me.’Are you Mr Marlowe? She asked.
* * Past Before Past The past perfect is used to describe a past event which took place before another past event. By the time the train arrived, Susan had managed to push her way to the front of the crowd. By his second day at camp he had made several friends. After he had packed his bag, he left the house.
* * Interrupted Past Continuous We often contrast an action still in progress with a sudden event which interrupts it. While Susan was trying to get onto the platform, a man grabbed her handbag. I was having a shower when I heard the telephone ring. What were you doing when I phoned you last night?
* * Used to Used to is used to describe past habits, usually in contrast with the present. A time expression is not necessary. I used to get up at six, but now I get up at eight. When I was young, I used to go climbing once a month. He used to live in Ankara. Used to can also describe past states. I used to own a horse. (I owned a horse once.) I didn’t use to like beer.
* * Would Would is used to describe a person's typical activities in the past. It can only be used to describe repeated actions, and is mainly used in writing, and in personal reminiscences. Every evening was the same. Jack would turn on the radio, light his pipe and fall asleep.
* * Past Continuous Politeness and Uncertainty The past continuous can be used to describe a repeated action in the past, often an annoying habit. A frequency adverb is necessary. When Peter was younger, he was always getting into trouble. The past continuous with the verb wonder has a polite meaning. I was wondering if you could help me. 2. With the verb think the past continuous suggests uncertainty I was thinking of having a party next week.
* * Exercises I suddenly remembered that I forgot / had forgotten my keys. Had forgotten While Diana watched / was watching her favorite television programme, there was a power-cut. Was watching Tom used to live / would live in the house at the end of the street. Used to live
* * 13. While I ............ to get my car started, a passing car ............ and the driver ............. to help me. A) tried / stopped / offered B) was trying / stopped / was offering C) was trying / was stopping / was offering D) was trying / stopped / offered d 14. The police ............ no attention to Michael's complaint because she .............. them so many times before. A) was paying / was phoning B) paid / phoned C) paid / had phoned D) was paying / had phoned c
* * 15. Maria .......... her glasses at the time, so she ........... what kind of car the man .............. . A) didn’t wear / didn’t notice / drove B) wasn’t wearing / didn’t notice / was driving C) wasn’t wearing / wasn’t noticing / was driving D) was wearing / didn’t notice / had driven b 16. George ........... that he ...............the other car, but said that he ..............it. A) admitted / had hit / hadn’t damaged B) admitted / hit / didn’t damage C) was atmitting / was hitting / wasn’t damaging D) had admitted / had hit / hadn’t damaged a
* * 17. Sorry, I ............ to you. I ............... about something else. A) didn’t listen / thought B) wasn’t listening / thought C) didn’t listen / was thinking D) wasn’t listening / was thinking d 18. The police ...............to Carlos’s house as fast as they could, but the burglars ................. . A) was getting / disappeared B) got / disappeared C) got / had disappeared had got / disappeared c
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