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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.