“Somebody did something” – Past Simple – Post 9


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Last week, I took the B2 exam.” – You should use the Past Simple when speaking about a completed action which took place in a specified time in the past.

Yesterday, I listened to a very interesting radio program.”

When I was young, I loved sweets.”

If you are talking about the past, and the time of the discourse is already known, you don’t need to specify it:

Last summer, we took a wonderful trip. We went to America and Asia. It took us an entire month to complete the journey.” – All three sentences express completed actions which took place last summer. So, we don’t need to point it out in each sentence.


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“It was a (very) long time since somebody did something” – Past Simple – Post 3


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This particular expression is used when talking about the past to express that something happened prior to the time we are describing, and emphasizes that much time passed between the event and the time we are talking about.

Example: “It was a long time since he drove a car, yet he did it very well.”


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