English Grammar Lessons in Past Indefinite Tense & Past Continuous Tense

S.N. Singh | June 02,2010 11:21 am IST

Past Indefinite Tense

The Past Indefinite Tense denotes actions or happenings that took place in the past.



My friend has lived in the USA since 1974.
2. My friend lived in the USA.

The first sentence shows that my friend is still in the USA. The second sentence shows that my friend is not in the USA.

Pay Attention: In Active Voice, the second form of the verbs (educated, worshipped, won, lived, constructed, etc.) is always used. In Passive Voice, be (was, were) + third form of the verbs is used.


Affirmative Sentences

1. I lived in my village for about twenty years. This is the reason why I am well-acquainted with the village life.
2. Gandhiji along with other leaders got our country free in 1947.
3. In the past, they fought many battles but battles brought no solution to any problem.
4. Newton lived a long life and earned much fame.
5. Formerly, people undertook long journeys on foot .Sometimes they lost their ways and fell in troubles.


Negative Sentences

Pay Attention: The auxiliary verb 'did' with the first form of the finite verb is always used.
1. The USA did not want Iraq to have privileges over its oil, and so it attacked Iraq.
2. The officer did not have any control over himself. So he took no time to lose his temperament.
3. The History says that India never attacked any country but other countries invaded India and disturbed its peace.
4. The students did not do their homework and that's why they did not fare well.
5. Harish Chandra never told a lie.
6. You told me nothing and faced the hurdles all alone.
7. The judge did not do any justice to the poor villagers.
8. Shantanu did not study hard, and so he did not pass the exam.
9. I hardly undertook long journeys.
10. My brother neither visited me nor did he contact me on telephone.


Pay Attention: NEVER, NOTHING, HARDLY, SCARCELY, LITTLE, NO, FEW, NEITHER, NOR, and such adverbs of negation are used without the aux verbs 'do', 'does', did'.



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Nasim on 06/02/10 at 07:25 pm

Hi,I am nasim please if it is possible send me some gramer information about past perfect tanse and some examples about that

Guest on 07/30/11 at 09:43 pm

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