Past Simple 2
Details on the Past Simpe form available here
We have established that we use the Past Simple to talk about completed or finished actions in the past. Here we can look at some more detailed understandings of these completed and finished actions:
talk about a definite time in the past
This obviously has reference to when the action happened, but that is not necessarily a specific reference to a time, but maybe a period of time or era.
Did you play with Gazza in 1991?
You moved to Zaragoza in September
I always wanted to be a footballer when I was young
talk about the past without reference to time
On occasion, we can use the Past Simple without time expression. Be aware, this happens especially when the time referred to has been established or is well known by those in the conversation
Without reference to time (time is understood)
Do you remember Nayim? He played in the final.
With reference to time (time to be established)
Do you remember Nayim? He played in the 1995 final.
talk about habitual events or states in the past
The Past Simple is used to talk about completed or finished actions or states in the past. These can be both single or habitual actions or states.
Events that happened once
He scored the winning goal in stoppage time
Events that happened more than once
He played for Real Zaragoza
He was a Tottenham Hotspur player
When we use the Past Simple to talk about habitual events in the past it is similar to used to in meaning
The Past Simple can be used to express the order of events in a narrative
The Past Simple is used to talk about events that happened in sequence. The order of the verbs reflects the order of the actions
Event 1 went to training
Event 2 had lunch
He went to training and had lunch
Event 1 had lunch
Event 2 went to training
He had lunch and went to training