SIMPLE PAST: USE 1: Completed Action in the Past * I saw a movie yesterday. USE 2 A Series of Completed Actions * I finished work, walked to the beach, and found a nice place to swim. USE 3 Duration in Past * I lived in Brazil for two years.
SIMPLE PAST: USE 4 Habits in the Past * I studied French when I was a child. USE 5 Past Facts or Generalizations * He didn't like tomatoes before. FORM [VERB+ed] or irregular verbs
PAST PERFECT: USE 1 Completed Action Before Something in the Past. * I had never seen such a beautiful beach before I went to Kauai. USE 2 Duration Before Something in the Past (Non-Continuous Verbs) * We had had that car for ten years before it broke down.
PAST PERFECT: IMPORTANT Specific Times with the Past Perfect * She had visited her Japanese relatives once in 1993 before she moved in with them in 1996. FORM [had + past participle]