Simple Past Tense. Meeting up with old friends after 33 years!

Two friends meeting in Edinburgh after 30 years

You probably already know that the simple present is constructed by adding “ed” to the base verb. In many ways it’s very straight forward to use however, there are, annoyingly many exceptions to this rule. In this blog I’m going to tell you about a recent visit by some old school friends. I’ll use the simple past in context which will help you to understand better.

In December I got an email from an old school friend, Angela, who had emigrated to Canada. We hadn’t seen each other for more than 30 years so I was quite surprised to hear from her. And what a lovely surprise it was! She wanted to come to Scotland for a visit and, of course, to see me and my family. We organised dates and invited another old school pal, Veronica, (not so old really) to come along as well. The main reason for our get together was that we had all turned 60 last year and wanted to celebrate.

They both flew into Edinburgh airport; Angela came from Toronto and Veronica from London. I picked them up in the “drop off zone” where you only have five minutes to get in and out!  I gave them both a quick hug and we all three had a speedy scan of each other’s faces. We certainly had gained a few wrinkles. Hairstyles had changed since the 70s but, once in the car, chatting all the way up the A90 to Perth, we knew that emigration, children and marriages hadn’t changed us at all.

Watch out for future blogs to see how we spent our week together and what we got up to.

Can you find examples of past simple tense? This tense is used to refer to short, quickly finished actions and events, to longer actions and situations, and to repeated actions. 

In this text I am recounting a story with lots of finished actions.


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