Past Tense Summary


Running with the bulls

Quiz 1: beginning – intermediate

Quiz 2: intermediate – advanced 

Past Tense - Action Completed


Young man remember speeding ticket he got

I got a speeding ticket on June 16, 2008.

I have gotten several tickets in the past.


Union Square

Alison lived in San Francisco after she finished school.
Alison took the train while she was living in San Francisco.

We saw two cars crash.
As we were walking along the sidewalk, we saw two cars crash.


Dish washing in the 1950s

We would go to the beach after school.
We used to go to the beach after school. (earlier stage of life)

She used to have a surf board.  (state of possession)
She would have an amazing tan by the time summer ended.   (conditioned outcome)

Reporting Source or Emotional Response



Where did you get those jeans?
Where have you been? (for the past few hours)


Wow! He did a back flip! (emotional response)
He has done lots of back-flips in his career.

Past & Past Perfect


Policecar with siren chasing porcshe

I got in my car, headed for the highway, drove several miles.

I looked behind me a saw a police car. He had been following me for a mile.


lunch with friends

After I had fallen asleep, I started to dream.



Past & Past Participles Verb Forms


Jaycee (spinned, span, spun?) _____the ball on his finger last night.



Jamie (let) _____the ball drop in yesterday's final play.