The verb that indicates a time earlier than the present or does no longer exist in the present is called in the “Past Tense”. The time can only be indicated by the verb and its forms.
Here a simple chart of examples in the different types of “Past Tense” has been furnished so that the learners may get familiar with the past tense of the verbs in different persons and numbers.
|Person / Number||Simple past||Past continuous||Past perfect||Past Perfect continuous|
|1st person||singular||I wrote a letter||I was writing a letter||I had written a letter||I had been writing a letter for an hour|
|plural||We wrote letters||We were writing letters||We had witten letters||We had been writing letters for an hour|
|2nd person||singular||You wrote a letter||You were writing a letter||You had written a letter||You had been writing a letter for an hour|
|plural||You wrote letters||You were writing letters||You had written letters||You had been writing letters for an hour|
|3rd person||singular||He/she/Rita/it wrote a letter||He/she/Rita/it was writing a letter||He/she/Rita/it had written a letter||He/she/Rita/it had been writing a letter for an hour|
|plural||They wrote letters||They were writing letters||They had written letters||They had been writing letters for an hour|
|Syntax||Sub + V2 + Obj||Sub + was/were + V-ing + Obj||Sub + had + V3 + Obj||Sub + had + been + V-ing + Obj + time|
*** Note: In the “plural” rows of the given chart learners may notice that the object “letter” has been changed to its plural form “letters”. This is because, in all the plural cases, the subjects (i.e. in a group) such as “we”,”you” and “they” cannot write a single letter at a time.
*** Note: “V”= verb, “V2″=past form of the verb, “V3″=past participle of the verb, “Sub”=subject, “Obj”= object.
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