Past tense is used to show things happened in past.
There are four types of past tense
- Simple Past Tense
- Past Continuous Tense
- Past Perfect Tense
- Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Simple Past Tense
Simple past tense is used to indicate an action completed in the past.
- I bought a book yesterday.
- I went to market yesterday.
- He went to Bombay last month.
Simple past tense is used to show situation related to past or to show past habits.
- Richa was a good athlete.
- He never came late.
- They were very fast.
Past Continuous Tense
Past continuous tense is used to say that someone was doing something at past time.
- We were playing badminton.
- This time last year we were living in London.
- Rohan was running on the ground.
Past continuous tense is used to say that something happened in the middle of something.
- Ramu burned his hand while he was cooking lunch.
- While you were playing, she was reading.
- I hurt my back while I was working in the garden.
Past Perfect Tense
Past perfect tense is used to say an action completed before sometime in the past.
- Sachin was selected in Indian Cricket team even before he was eligible for driving license.
- Rahim had lived in this house for ten years.
- He had been working since he was just eighteen.
The past perfect is used when we look back on earlier action from a certain point in the past.
- The plane had took off before I reached the airport.
- The chief guest had arrived before the stage was ready.
- Mom had cooked the food before I reached home.
Past Perfect Continuous Tense
Past perfect continuous tense is used to say about an action that began before a certain point in the past and has continued up to the time of saying.
- Prof Gayakwad had been teaching Chemistry for ten years.
- Sunil had been playing chess since 2014.
- At that time he had been commanding the unit for two years.