1. The Past Simple Tense

When your wish to say that something happened, took place, or was finished at some time in the past, you should use the Past Simple Tense.

I spoke We spoke
You spoke You spoke
He/She/It spoke They spoke

  • I travelled to Europe last year
  • I read an interesting book yesterday.
  • We spent last summer at the seaside.
  • We met at the cinema two days ago.
  • He fell off his horse last Monday.

When you wish to say that something happened that it was a person’s habit to do something again and again in the past, you should use either the Past Simple Tense or the words used to (do something).

When I was a boy I studied hard. OR When I was a boy I used to study hard. OR
When I was a boy it was my habit to study hard.

Years ago men believed that the earth is flat. OR Years ago men used to believe that the earth was flat. OR Years ago it was the habit of men to believe that the earth was flat.