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Past Simple or Past Participle?

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When to use the simple past tense

We use the simple past tense for actions that began and finished in the past. We do not have to say exactly when. The important thing is that it happened and is not happening now.

'I saw it'

When to use the past participle

The past participle is used with the following tenses:

Present Perfect

I have seen it.

Past Perfect

I had seen it.

Future Perfect

I will have seen it.

3rd Conditional

I would have seen it.


It was seen.

Read through the following sentences and choose the correct verb tense to complete each sentence.


Link: Irregular Verb List

  • I ___ to him already.

  • She has ___ me for a long time.

  • My brother ___ my car keys.

  • Have you ever ___ a ghost?

  • She has ___ away her old clothes.

  • I have never ___ on a plane.

  • He ___ his dog for a walk this morning.

  • I don't know why they ___ that one.

  • We ___ selling computers last year.

  • They will have ___ all the way.


it is easy

Applause i find this exercise very useful for me
and easy to understans.
thanks a lot.

3rd conditional

hi chris
this exercises is giving good knowledge to me. i shall be very thank full to u.kibdly give me details of third conditional.
how can i use ? when can i use that 3rd conditional?

Third Conditional

You can find out how to use the third conditional here:
Third conditional

Good luck, Sobhan!


Thank a lots.


It's very good lessons and useful for me as well.
I can understand all them.

Thanks you Chris.

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Hi Chris, First of all i

Hi Chris,

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First of all i would like to thank you for building this website.I am a school drop out and i was really worried that there wouldn't be any improvement in english without attending school.But your website assured me saying.. don't worry.. i will help you..

thanx once again.. the lessons are really practical and easy to learn.

It was really useful for me

Hi dear Chris,

I would like to know more about the future perfect. When we can use this form of verbs? Could you please give me more infromation about this.

Hi Chris, could you explain

Hi Chris,
could you explain the different use of ever/never?
I mean the difference between : Have you ever seen a gost and I have never flown on plane.


could you explain ...

could you explain ... optimistic/pismistic

optimistic / pessimsitic

An optimist is a person who has a positive outlook on life.

A pessimist is a person who has a negative outlook on life.


Another explanation

"An optimist reminds us the a bottle is half full. A pessimist reminds us that it is half empty."

I hope you would see the difference of these types of human beings.
Take care!

mix tenses

It was easy - you had to know irregular verbs Cool
But if you mix for example Present Simple and Present Perfect Tenses - it will be rather difficult. Wink

Salamat means thank you. Now

Salamat means thank you. Now I understand already thanks again

good lesson

just one mistake:)


I would like to aske you about the setence is which tense the sentence is followed

(I spoken to him already )