Purpose: The action was finished in the past; the condition is no longer true.
Past simple is mainly used for things that happened in the past, that are finished, that are no longer true.
- The kids damaged the iPad when they knocked it off the table.
- When I was three years old, I moved to England.
- The iPad was damaged when it was knocked off the table.
- The furniture was moved by the painters.
Important pronunciation note:
In general, the “e” in “ed” is silent, unless the word ends in “t” or “d”:
Past simple vs Present perfect
Past simple deals with events that are finished. Present perfect deals with experiences. This is important: don’t use present perfect when mentioning a specific past time.
1. I’ve worked at 3 different companies in this field.
- This refers to experience.
I worked at Omni Mega Group when I was younger.
- This refers to a specific past event that is no longer true.
2. I’ve never dealt with this kind of issue. I’ll have to do some research.
- This refers to lack of experience.
I already dealt with this last week! Why is it broken again?
- This refers to a specific past event.