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
4.3 (11 ratings)
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Created by Carol Harvey
Last updated 8/2017
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  • 1 hour on-demand video
  • 3 Articles
  • 18 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I 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
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  • Students will need at least a beginner knowledge of English before taking the course.

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
Who is the target audience?
  • 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.
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Curriculum For This Course
Promo Video
2 Lectures 02:11
Simple Past Tense
9 Lectures 24:09
The Simple Past: What do you already know?

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

When to Use the Simple Past

Forming the Simple Past using Regular Verbs

British or American English?

Pronunciation of 'ed'

10 Irregular Verbs in the Simple Past

Learner's Tip

What have you learned? Windup of Simple Past with Section Test
Past Progressive Tense or Past Continuous Tense
4 Lectures 07:01
When to use the past progressive

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

Past Progressive or Simple Past? Section Practice Activity
Past Perfect Tense
4 Lectures 08:28
The Past Perfect Tense

When to use the past perfect tense

Negative sentences and questions

Show what you know! Section Practice Activity
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

Exercise 2: The Past Perfect Progressive Tense
2 Lectures 01:39
Thank you and goodbye!

Final Test
About the Instructor
Carol Harvey
4.3 Average rating
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3,379 Students
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Education Consultant, M.Ed. , Teacher

 I'm dedicated to helping busy learners progress in English, French and other areas of interest. Most of my teaching experience has been in the classroom as follows:

  • English for Academic Purposes (EAP) teacher
  • FSL teacher and French Immersion teacher
  • School district French consultant- giving support to other teachers
  • Sessional Instructor, Second-Language Teaching Faculty of Education- Brandon University
  • Coordinator and developer of program for immigrants and newcomers to our small city
  • Presenter of many seminars and workshops including at provincial and national conferences in Canada as well as in my own city.

General Qualifications:

Teacher and Education Consultant M. Ed.

Winner of National and Provincial (Canadian) Awards for educational contribution in the field of second language education.

Brandon University Gold Medal and the Governor General's Gold Medal for the highest academic standing in the Master's degree program. (2002)

I am Canadian and speak both English and French. I am working on Spanish.