English Grammar : The Four Past Tenses
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English Grammar : The Four Past Tenses

Master How and When to Use the Four Past Tenses of English
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Created by Carol Harvey
Last updated 1/2018
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This course includes
  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 articles
  • 18 downloadable resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
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What you'll learn
  • Identify the 4 English past tenses
  • Form each of the past tenses correctly

  • Understand when to use each past tense appropriately

  • Use common irregular verbs correctly in the past tense
Requirements
  • Students will need at least a beginner knowledge of English before taking the course.
Description

Welcome to English Grammar: The Four Past Tenses.

This is course that takes you step-by-step through the past tenses of English.

You will learn:

  • How to identify each past tense in English
  • How to form the tense
  • The differences between North American English and British English when forming verbs in the past tenses
  • When to use each past tense (and when to avoid certain tenses)
  • How to choose between two tenses in the past
  • How to write sentences in the negative using this tense
  • How to write questions correctly
  • the common irregular verbs in English 

Who should take this course?

  • Your first language is not English, but you have a high beginner or intermediate level of the language
  • You could also be a native English speaker who wants to improve your knowledge of grammar
  • You are a student who is ready to do the exercises provided in the course

The course contains:

  • pretest so that you will see where you need to practice
  • video lessons where each tense is demonstrated
  • a variety of exercises where you can practice what has been taught
  • review activities for each section
  • a final activity so you can measure your progress

Last updated: December 2017

Who this course is for:
  • Any student who is learning English as an additional language and who already knows the basics.
  • Anyone who wants a better understanding of English grammar.
Course content
Expand all 25 lectures 53:46
+ Simple Past Tense
10 lectures 28:19
The Simple Past: What do you already know?
02:46

This short video shows the 4 occasions when the simple past is used.

When to Use the Simple Past
02:31
Forming the Simple Past using Regular Verbs
01:12
British or American English?
03:32
Pronunciation of 'ed'
05:44
10 Irregular Verbs in the Simple Past
03:04

This lecture gives you a chance to practice saying sentences with a variety of verbs in the simple past.

More Speaking Practice Using the Simple Past
04:10
Learner's Tip
02:25
What have you learned? Windup of Simple Past with Section Test
00:42
+ Past Progressive Tense or Past Continuous Tense
4 lectures 07:01
When to use the past progressive
02:02

This lecture shows which verbs should not be used with the past progressive tense. In addition, you see models for negative sentences and questions and can find a practice activity in resources.

There's always an exception! Non- progressive verbs
01:42
Past Progressive or Simple Past? Section Practice Activity
01:16
+ Past Perfect Tense
4 lectures 08:28
The Past Perfect Tense
02:37
When to use the past perfect tense
02:02
Negative sentences and questions
02:01
Show what you know! Section Practice Activity
01:48
+ Past Perfect Progressive Tense
3 lectures 06:29

This exercise is available on your screen or also in resources for download if you prefer.

Exercise 1 on the Past Perfect Progressive Tense
00:42
Exercise 2: The Past Perfect Progressive Tense
00:32
+ Conclusion
2 lectures 01:39
Thank you and goodbye!
00:32
Final Test
01:07