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Test your understanding of the English lesson by answering these questions. You will get the answers and your score at the end of the quiz.
We ____________ a walk when it started to snow.

When my wife returned home, I __________ the children to bed.

When __________ Jack?

__________ Sybil today?

__________ visited Australia?

No, thanks. I __________ any help.

__________ your cellphone?

What __________ when I called last night?

I __________ my test at 17:00.

My son __________in 2010.


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211 Comments on “Learn English Tenses: Past Simple, Past Continuous, Past Perfect, or Present Perfect?”


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Very good lesson! 10 correct out of 10.

Monday, July 3rd 2017

    Congratulations, Valery! Always a pleasure to hear from a fellow teacher. Do let me know if your students face any special problems. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thanks for another great lesson, Rachel!

Monday, July 3rd 2017

    Ops, I mean Rebecca!! Lol

    Monday, July 3rd 2017

      Thanks, Gabriel. All the best to you.

      Wednesday, August 9th 2017

I got 100% THANK REBECCA YOUR VID WAS GREAT

Monday, July 3rd 2017

Hello my dear teacher!It was a very useful lesson. I hope you read my comment because I have an important question.

I have a huge problem with some Words as like: every body, every thing, nobody, nothing, somebody, something. I actually mean that I get confused and I do not know that the verbs after them must be in plural form or singular.

For example: Every body knows this subject or Every body know this subject.

Nobody lends you a pen or Nobody lend you a pen?

Thank you very much my pleasure teacher.

Monday, July 3rd 2017

Hallo Rebecca,

nice lesson as all the others of you.

I´m often thinking, if present perfect is a present or past tense. It is the tense, that includes the past as well as and the presence. Therefore it is a little tricky.

Than

Monday, July 3rd 2017

    Yes, the present perfect includes the past and the present. For example:

    I have lived in this city for 10 years.

    In this example, you lived there in the past and you live there in the present. So it includes both.

    Similarly,

    I have lost my pen.

    This means you lost your pen in the past and it is still lost.
    .
    Hope this helps! All the best to you, adrijana. How wonderful that you speak so many languages!

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

It’s always a pleasure to learn English with you. You always explain very well! Thank you very much Rebecca! You’re amazing!

Monday, July 3rd 2017

    Thank you kindly, Marylou. Always a pleasure with wonderful, motivated, and appreciative viewers like you. My best wishes to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

It was completely understanding and very useful lesson. I’ve got 100%. Many thanks Rebecca.

Monday, July 3rd 2017

    Congratulations, Sergey! You seem like a very determined person. I am sure you will achieve your goals. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Very good explenated,thank you so much Rebecca

Monday, July 3rd 2017

Very good, Rebecca. It’s great to learn English with you. Thank you so much.

Monday, July 3rd 2017

thank you very much rebecca for your useful lesson .my best salutation from morrocco

Monday, July 3rd 2017

A great lesson thanks. I scored 10. I just want to say something about the fourth sentence. I’m just a learner but isn’t it a past simple? Not present perfect? Thanks again Rebecca you’re a great teacher. ❤️

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Hello! It’s present perfect because the day is still going on. It’s not a finished time in the past. It would be past simple if, for example, the question was: “Did you see Sybil yesterday?” I hope that answers you question!

    Monday, August 7th 2017

      “I hope that answers your question!”

      Monday, August 7th 2017

      Thank you so much. That’s kind of you to reply to me. ❤️

      Monday, August 7th 2017

Thank you so much I got all of them correctly

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thanks a lot

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Hi Rebecca,
How can I subscribe your channel.
Waiting to hear from you.
Regards

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Thanks, Hoorain. You can subscribe to my youtube channel here:

    https://www.youtube.com/user/RebeccaESL

    Just click on the red SUBSCRIBE button. Thanks so much. I wish you all the best, Hoorain.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

thanks so much

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thanks Rebecca, you are great teacher. An interesting lesson. I have scored 9/10 :) I made a mistake in sentence 7 – Have you found your cellphone? But I will be better ;) Take care

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    You did great, Adamos32! Congratulations! With your positive attitude, I am certain you will be better every day. My best wishes to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Great, thank you very much.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thanks, Rebbecca you did great lesson

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thanks Rebecca for this lesson, it was great..

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Wow, this is one of the best lessons this year! It’s awesome to know exactly what I need to improve! Thank you!

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Thanks, Squiter! So glad the lesson helped you diagnose what you need to focus on. Our mistakes are doorways to our higher selves, as long as we stay positive, as you clearly are. My best wishes to you for the journey.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Very well lessons and quiz test. Great job!

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

So you´ve been teaching for more than twenty-five years, teacher Rebecca. I´m surprised. You´re an inspiration. As you said, time is precious. We´d better not waste it. Someday I´ll meet you all, teachers from engVid, whose lessons have helped me so much. And as much obsessed as I am with Canadian culture, I might even end up settling down around there somehow. Thanks for the great lesson. Have a good day.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts and wishes, Emanoel. It means a lot. Please do write to us if you make it to Toronto. We would be happy to meet you too. In the meantime, enjoy your days, your books, your music, and the energy of your home country. It’s a special honour to hear from a fellow teacher like you. All the best, my friend.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Interesting lesson Rebecca, thank you very much!!

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Very informative lesson for me. I really improved in this field as it has been my weak spot

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Thanks! A lot of people have difficulty with the tenses. Glad you found the lesson helpful, ndashio. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thank you! That helped a lot.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thanks Rebecca, you are the best.
Congratukations, great lesson.
Take care

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thank’s a lot, Rebecca! the lesson was realy usefull, as always – your pronunciation is greate for foreign students))be blessed this site))))))

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Thank you for your kind words, Evgeniya. So glad you find the lessons useful. All the best!

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

thanks so much, REBECCA

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Great lesson
Thanks

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

You teach very well. Congratulations :)

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thanks a Lot

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

its very good lesson. plz keep it up . engvid

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Very interesting lesson. Thank you, Rebecca.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

I got 8 of 10. Thanks a lot Rebecca. Greetings from Mexico City. You are a wonderful teacher.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Thanks so much for the compliments, Edynglish. Glad to know our lessons can help you achieve your goal of optimizing your English. I wish you all the best, my friend.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

I love English, but it’s DAMN tenses … P.S., P.P., P.P.C and so on … I hate it.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

    Aww….I understand,Vladkabatkovich. Whenever anything is too hard, try going back a few steps and review the stage where you start facing problems. Take your time and master each step. You can do it. All the best to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

      Hi Rebecca ! I’m sorry for my previous coment. ( And thank you very much for the advice, I really appriciate it. As always you are The Best !!!! Best Wishes, your student/little brother Vladislav. )

      Wednesday, August 9th 2017

I got 9 of 10. Thanks for all.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

it really good thanks

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thank great lesson

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

it was so useful

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Super lessons. In my first attempt i got 9 out of 10. Oh I missed 1.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

hahaha got the correct answer :-D

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thank you for this useful lesson, Rebecca!

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thank you so much.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thank you Rebecca for useful lesson! It’s good opportunity to revise and remember tenses grammar!

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

    Thanks, astapik. So glad you found the lesson helpful. The tenses are so important! I wish you all the best.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

It has been a very great lesson about the past and present tenses, a very useful review, check, revise or reread but what about the future, I think the future maybe a little more complicated, anyway we can follow to study verb tenses and give our opinion why we use them in our sentences. Thanks a lot, teacher Rebecca, your aid and comprehension are very important to us, you understand our mistakes and you revise them very carefully, it is a great detail from you.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

that’nice

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thanks

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thanks Rebecca. Great lesson. I need review the past perfect.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thank you so much Rebecca. You did clarified very important mistakes that I had.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

    So glad the lesson was able to help you identify your problem areas. The first step to solving our problems is to understand we have them! I wish you all the best, isakibrahim8315. So wonderful that you take the initiative to improve when you’re in high school. Looks like you have a bright future ahead.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

thank you very much Rebecca

Thursday, July 6th 2017

Thank you so much Rebecca.

Thursday, July 6th 2017

Thaks You, the lesson is excellent.

Thursday, July 6th 2017

Good lesson..thanks teacher

Friday, July 7th 2017

I correct 7 out of 10.

Friday, July 7th 2017

Sorry Rebecca but about at 11:35 did not you say: “understanding”? I must assume that the -ing form is allowed in other contests?

Friday, July 7th 2017

    Yes, you’ll get better at understanding this subject, you’ll get better at solving this problem, you’ll get better at speaking English…

    This form is correct and can certainly be used. I wish you all the best, marcoroma.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

thank you that was so useful

Friday, July 7th 2017

thank you very much

Saturday, July 8th 2017

My question is how to know whech words take (s) while using it in present and past?
Looking for good explanations!

Sunday, July 9th 2017

thank you

Sunday, July 9th 2017

nice being so resoursefu;

Sunday, July 9th 2017

thank you so much!

Monday, July 10th 2017

This is the further proof that you are the best regarding explanation because your way of explaining
is much understandable. bye Domenic from Rome italy

Monday, July 10th 2017

    Thanks again, Domenic. Glad to know you found the lesson helpful. Take care!

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

      Don’t mention it, and I wish you Good Ferragosto holiday. I don’t know if you celebrate Ferragosto
      in your country. Byeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee from Italy

      Thursday, August 10th 2017

Thanks for this class Ms.Rebecca , I enjoy watching your videos.

Tuesday, July 11th 2017

Very nice i just got 7 out of 10

Tuesday, July 11th 2017

But where are the lessons?

Tuesday, July 11th 2017

ı am lucky that ı have found
ENGVID

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

Thanks teacher Rebecca 😀You helped me a lot to improve my English.The lesson was useful and concisely.Definitely ,this is the best site for learning English.

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

Great lesson

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

Thanks Rebecca >> I have got 9 out of 10

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

Thank you Rebecca.It’s a good lesson.

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

Thank you very Much Ma’am.

Thursday, July 13th 2017

Thank you Rebecca 8/10

Thursday, July 13th 2017

I got my results for a test and got 100%

Thursday, July 13th 2017

Thank you very Much Ma’am.

Friday, July 14th 2017

It´s a doubt at the movie she said:
“The verb to understand can´t be used in the continuous form.”
But at 11:30 she says:”You are your own teacher, so as you get better at understanding”
Is it wrong The form she did say at 11:30?

Friday, July 14th 2017

    It is correct to use the word understanding in this way. Please see my reply to marcoroma above.

    What you cannot say is:

    I am understanding you.
    He is understanding me.

    In those cases, you should say:

    I understand you.
    He understands me.

    Hope this helps. All the best to you, Fabio.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

    in this case understanding is a noun, not a verb

    Friday, October 27th 2017

I got 6 of 10 :( I need to study more, it was so complicated for me but that’s the reason that i been studying here, thanks Rebeca.

Friday, July 14th 2017

Thanks Rebecca I have to work on this

Friday, July 14th 2017

I am glad to had this review about English tenses.
Thanks a lot!

Friday, July 14th 2017

hi! thank you so much. it helps me a lot. wish more topics.

Saturday, July 15th 2017

i got 805%

Saturday, July 15th 2017

    :-) YEAH!

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Awesome lesson. Thanks Rebecca

Saturday, July 15th 2017

tkanks alot u great teacher

Sunday, July 16th 2017

I past the quiz 100% , thank to a wonderful lesson, REbecca

Sunday, July 16th 2017

    So glad to hear you PASSED the quiz with 100%, Aisylou. Congratulations and all the best to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thank you for good lesson!
I love English. I want to be able to communicate in English and talk with everyone in the world someday.

Sunday, July 16th 2017

    Seems to me you are already doing that very well, Hanae02. I wish you continued success.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

You are a perfect teacher

Sunday, July 16th 2017

thanks so much!
it is really useful.

Monday, July 17th 2017

I am glad to part of this family. I scored 100% in the test

Monday, July 17th 2017

Thanks Rebecca I made 8 corret out 10. This is explicit…

Monday, July 17th 2017

Thank you Rebeeca, i got 70, i’m not happy

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

    Always be happy when you discover where your mistakes. Especially here on engvid, instead of on an exam! Then you can actually improve! Stay strong, soulef, and all the best to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thank you for explanation and quiz.

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

Thank you Rebecca, this lesson was great. I learned a lot.

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

I got 7, Thanks for the lesson, I´m going to study more :D

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

    Love your attitude, Priscila! I wish you all the best.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thank you very much Rebeeca.

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

Ya I got 90 Thank you

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

Ya I got 90 Thank you

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

    Yeah! Congratulations, Ramakrishna! My best wishes to you.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thanks,very good lesson

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

Thanks, Rebecca.
By the way, I would like to ask a question.
‘The survey is about the customer satisfaction on food and services’ is this sentence correct? After ‘satisfaction’ we should use what preposition? on? with? of?

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

    A better sentence would be:

    The survey is about customer satisfaction with food and services.

    All the best to you, Sophie.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

thanks

Thursday, July 20th 2017

thanks Rebecca

Thursday, July 20th 2017

A big thank you!

Friday, July 21st 2017

GREAT, THANKS A LOT!!!

Friday, July 21st 2017

Thanks a lot! :)

Friday, July 21st 2017

Finally I got it. Thanks a bunch.

Saturday, July 22nd 2017

    Thanks for those precious words that every teacher loves to hear: “Finally, I got it!”

    You made my day,Thomas! I wish you all the best.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Is number 4 really an example of Present Perfect Tense like teacher write in red letters?

Sunday, July 23rd 2017

    As I explained in the lesson, number 4 is about both present perfect and past simple. So really, you need to review both those tenses if you made a mistake there. Hope that helps to clarify the issue. All the best to you, kweros.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

7. __________ your cellphone?
Did you found
Have you found (correct).

Hi :)
Can anybody explain why “Did you found your cellphone?” is wrong?

Thanks.

Monday, July 24th 2017

    It would be correct if it was: Did you found your cellphone yesterday? We use present perfect when something happened recently and there is not any particularly time.

    Monday, July 24th 2017

      Quick correction: “Did you find your cellphone yesterday?”

      Monday, July 24th 2017

        Thank you too engVid Moderator :)

        Tuesday, July 25th 2017

      That helps a lot Yulia. Thank you very much :)

      Tuesday, July 25th 2017

I made one mistake. so very good
I had this problem to choose when to use present perfect and when to use past simple
thank you teacher :D

Tuesday, July 25th 2017

Very interesting and very usefull…thankyou…

Wednesday, July 26th 2017

I got 10 of 10 :-)

Wednesday, July 26th 2017

10 out of 10 xD thank you.. :)

Thursday, July 27th 2017

I got 10 of 10
good

Thursday, July 27th 2017

Done! 10 of 10 ))))

Thursday, July 27th 2017

a very informative lesson ,, thank you so much for your great effort….

Friday, July 28th 2017

One of the most useful grammar lesson I have seen. Tks Rebecca.

Friday, July 28th 2017

    Thank you kindly, Everton. So glad to know the lesson helped you. Diagnostic lessons and exercises are a great way to identify problem areas, correct them, and move forward. All the best, my friend.

    Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thank you for this lesson. It helped me so mush

Friday, July 28th 2017

I got 90

Tuesday, August 1st 2017

Great lesson! Thank’s Rebecca!

Saturday, August 5th 2017

I get it! Thanks you Rebecca

Monday, August 7th 2017

Thank you to everyone for your feedback. It helps us to get ideas, understand your difficulties, and communicate with you. Sorry I cannot reply to each one as I would have loved to do. Take care, and please subscribe to my youtube channel so we can continue these lessons: https://www.youtube.com/user/RebeccaESL

Thanks, and all the best!

Wednesday, August 9th 2017

7/10 ! Thank you :)

Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Thank you a lot, Rebecca! This lesson has helped me to my proof. Thank you for your generosity.

PS: isn’t “help” a stative verb, correct?

Friday, August 11th 2017

thank you so much for a good lesson even though i still didn’t catch up anything. i manage to score 6 out of 10. i really have a problem with these tenses.

Saturday, August 12th 2017

thanks teacher,this lesson was very Helpful for me

Sunday, August 13th 2017

Thank you teacher!
I’m very excited at this lesson.
I’ve got a perfect score.

Monday, August 14th 2017

Thanks for this great lesson

Monday, August 14th 2017

If we need to learn, which is the right way, I loved this lesson.

Monday, August 14th 2017

Hi, I enjoyed the quiz. Is my sentence correct? :-)

Wednesday, August 16th 2017

9of10
But, I got the grammar which you had explained.

Wednesday, August 23rd 2017

I’m proud of myself! 100% in this exersice!!!

Thursday, August 24th 2017

thank you

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Thank you Rebecca for the good lesson and also for the quiz. My 2 answers were wrong. Those 2 questions were of same type. From those 2 wrong answers I have learn “If you refer to a finished time in the past, use the past simple tense and not the present perfect tense.”. Thank you for the explanation in the quiz result. I have a question regarding this type of question. Is the sentence “I have finished my lunch just now”. correct?
I have another question regarding your video. Will it be correct if I say “It was raining all day yesterday.” for first example “It rains all day yesterday.”.

Sunday, August 27th 2017

Thaks Rebecca! I got 9 from 10 :)

Monday, August 28th 2017

This lesson is very useful. You’re always the best teacher I’ve ever seen on Youtube .

Tuesday, August 29th 2017

Rebecca, what a fantastic experienced teacher you are! If you just go through this website you really don’t need any other English class to attend. Wonderful! Love it.

Wednesday, August 30th 2017

Mam 4th one is past simple or present perfect( did understand )

Saturday, September 2nd 2017

I have got 100 great lesson

Friday, September 8th 2017

You are a very good teacher.I learnt a lot from you! Thank you

Friday, September 8th 2017

This is the best site for learning English !!

Friday, September 8th 2017

Thanks Rebecca! I really enjoy watching your videos!It was great and really helpful.

Saturday, September 9th 2017

I got 100% ,thank you a lot

Sunday, September 10th 2017

This lesson is very usefull but i am in trouble with the presente perfect continuous and the past perfect continuous. I cannot understand how i have to use these instead of the present perfect and past perfect, can you help me?

Monday, September 11th 2017

Yayyyyyyyy! 10/10! that’s such an interesting lesson.

Tuesday, September 12th 2017

I got 09 ☺ Rebecca, you are my friend, you are my best teacher, you are my everything. I loved with your teaching and even i love to listen you. You speak so gracefully. I wanted to be like you. ☺ Enough thanks rebecca.

Saturday, September 16th 2017

i got 10 thanks rebecca because i am still beginner to english i really like your lessons

Sunday, September 17th 2017

My first lesson (with miss Rebecca) and the result 10/10 …thanks a lot

Tuesday, September 19th 2017

welldone, i have to learn more English 70% score.

Wednesday, September 20th 2017

Thanks,Rebecca.This is very usefull lesson.

Friday, September 22nd 2017

Thank you, Rebecca!! I still need to review and practice the different tenses. I now know that thanks to your useful diagnostic lesson. I truly appreciate your help!!

Sunday, September 24th 2017

Hello, Rebecca,
I would like to know the difference in meaning between, the two following sentences, I have written a book and I wrote a book, for me, both are correct grammatically but I guess there is a slight difference, but I am not English. Can you give my opinion on this question, please. Thank in advance for your reply, have nice week.

Wednesday, September 27th 2017

Can I say “It was raining all day yesterday.”(The first sentence.)?

Saturday, September 30th 2017

in exaple 6 i have known that is (when) past simple and tnen past countuios so why you used you used past perfect ??

Sunday, October 1st 2017

Thank you, Rebecca!

Monday, October 2nd 2017

thank you

Tuesday, October 3rd 2017

mil gracias Rebecca. I need to watch more lesson, they are magistrals. Bye for now.

Wednesday, October 4th 2017

Thanks Rebecca, the lessons that show the mistakes we normally make are very useful!

Saturday, October 7th 2017

Thanks a lot,fantasic`

Saturday, October 7th 2017

haha i got 50/100. so i need to review all tenses
thank you so much Rebecca for your nice explanations
i truly appreciate your lesson

Tuesday, October 10th 2017

Thank you my teacher, i’am so lucky because I could know more knowledge from you.

Friday, October 13th 2017

Thank you Rebecca

Friday, October 13th 2017

10 correct out of 10. Nice lesson, thanks

Wednesday, October 18th 2017

thanks a lot. Unbelievable 8 from 10. Good explanation :)

Friday, October 20th 2017

many thanks Rebecca

Sunday, October 22nd 2017

Why is it so hard to get an A?

Sunday, October 22nd 2017

I am not happy until I get an A!

Thursday, October 26th 2017

Good lesson Rebecca. This was my first time watching your videos and I loved it. I have already subscribed to your channel. I really have difficulties to understand the present perfect. Could you help me to understand when I should use this tense? And also, about past perfect, can we use to express only one action that finished in the past right? Thank you for the lesson.

Friday, October 27th 2017

grate lesson and best way of expression Rebecca thank you.

Monday, October 30th 2017

Thanks, very useful lesson!
Especially thank you for simply words that we were using in the lesson.
Unfortunately I often do mistake in English tenses.

Friday, November 3rd 2017

Thanks

Wednesday, November 8th 2017

please help me with this sentence: she told him that she had had the best time that she’d ever had.

Thursday, November 9th 2017

THANK YOU .I got 10 but this doesn’t mean I’m good in English language.

Saturday, November 18th 2017
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