Subtitles section Play video Print subtitles What's up? I'm Ethan, your real life English fluency coach. And in our last lesson in the Learn English with TV grammar, Siri's we learned all about the present tenses and whether to use the simple or continuous form. Now, today, let's dive into the past tenses. By the way, if you're new here, don't miss a single one of our new grammar lessons, just like that subscribe button and the button below. So we can help you to understand fast speaking natives without getting lost without missing the jokes and without subtitles like Salima. Who says that our lessons air helping them to speak English confidently. Now Are you ready? Let's start out by watching some clips and answering some questions. Let's head back to Santiago's party. No, thanks. I think I'm gonna head home and watch the football game, which was ruined for me. What's your problem? Was celebrating Thanksgiving? It's a sucky holiday. It's always sucked. My mom worked, my dad was gone and I sat at home watching football. What tense does he use in these sentences? Past continuous past, Perfect past. Simple. What do these sentences communicate with the past? Simple. A completed action in the past. A repeated action in the past. A sequence of actions in the past. Yeah, right. If you chose this option, you're right. But these air also common uses of the past. Simple. We'll get into that later in this lesson. Can you figure out what he says here? How did you find me anyway? You called me, said you were never coming back, so I jumped on a plane. So I jumped on a plane flew across the Atlantic. Canada isn't across the Atlantic. You're talking nonsense. Now when we talk about the past tense, this is when the famous irregular verbs come into play. If a verb ends an e d, it's a regular verb. If it changes in another way or if it remains the same, it's an irregular verb. Let's now watch another short clip you to remind me of me and my sister. Were you to remind me of me and my sister? We used to fight all the time. I used to accuse her of stealing my boyfriend. She would accuse me of trying to stab her, you know, sister stuff. Oh, my God, she says used Thio. But if you chose, would that's also correct we're used to is not grammatically correct in this sentence. Describing habits in the past is a big reason why we use the past simple, so you'll learn all about thes expressions. This is what will cover in this lesson past simple, past, continuous used to and would be or get used. Thio. Finally, we'll test everything you've learned with a fun quiz at the end. Let's start with the past simple and take a look at when We use it, the first uses to talk about completed actions and events in the past. Let's look at this example in all three forms as an affirmative negative and interrogative sentence. He had an exam on Monday. He didn't have an exam on Monday. Did he have an exam on Monday? We usually specify when the action happened with phrases such as last week last year. Yesterday, this morning, etcetera. Everybody in the office bought me this clock last month. I've been thinking about going back to school for a while now, So a couple months ago, I started taking a history class at the Community College. A useful word to use in the past tense is, is just used with the past. Simple. It implies that the action was just completed recently. High Way Just found this cat. And we're looking for the owner. Um, yeah, it's mine. Hey, seems to hate you. Are you sure? Yeah. It's my cat giving my cat. My God. Look, I just got a text from Robinett. Says, Yeah, the next use of the past. Simple is when we describe a sequence of actions of events In other words, a Siris of completed actions. Example. He got dressed and went off to the party. I finished work, walked to the bar and met my friends with this use of the past. Simple we often used. Then I see what's going on. This is about Nora. You met a girl, you liked her. But then you missed your shot. And now you're trying toe hook up with your ex girlfriend to prove to yourself that you don't care. We also use this tense for long term situations. In the past example, I worked for that company for five years. So of all the candidates that you interviewed today, who do you think I should hire? Well, the interviews got a little off try, but I'd go with Simon Walker. Computer science degree. Worked for the Board of Ed for 10 years. No way. Lastly, we use This tends to talk about repeated actions or habits in the past. Example. I played the guitar when I was in my twenties before I got into real estate. I worked construction. You worked construction, stopped saying it like that. I put 10 months of my life into this place. I'd love to look around one last time before they tear the old girl down. Things is similar to the meanings of used thio and would, which we'll see in this lesson in just a little bit. Hey, would you like to learn grammar in a fun and natural way, while at the same time increasing your vocabulary and learning to understand natives matter how fast we speak? Well, then are fluid with friends. Course is perfect for you in this 48 week course, you will learn alongside the first two seasons of the TV series Friends, which various studies have shown is the best. Siri's out there for learning English, and it comes with PdF power learning guides, vocabulary, memorization, software, access to our fluency, circle global community and so much more. And you can try for free right now with our three part masterclass. What are you waiting for? Just click up here or down description below it to learn more and sign up. Way used the past continuous together with the past. Simple in a sentence like this. I was watching TV when he called. This sentence has both the past continuous and past simple. In the continuous form, we stayed a longer action that is interrupted by the action in the past. Simple thes two actions are linked with when in this example this interrupts the action in the present. Continuous. I was sleeping when the baby started crying. Let's watch some other examples. His wound is obviously the product of gunshot. You need to be honest with me. What was he doing when he got shot? I was so crying. Tommy found me five hours later. We use the present continuous for two things happening at the same time, we often use while in these types of sentences. Example. While you were making noise, I was studying or I was studying while you were making noise. Wait a minute. What do you mean you're taking over my job? Well, while you were on your baby vacation, I was doing your job. Haley Dunphy, Do you know how much I admire you? Do you so much? Why was working my butt off? You are out there having fun, not worrying about anything. Another use is for talking about repeated actions with words like always or constantly to express the idea that something is irritating or shocking example. He was always listening to loud music. It was not easy for me to trust a man after the husband that I've had this guy left Tools in the yard. Let the kids run wild. Great to see you Clear. He's interrupting me. The last use we will cover in this lesson is for unfulfilled plans. With firms like Hope Plan, etcetera. Example. I was hoping to find a new job. This means I didn't find one. Hey, check it out. Half packed suitcase Looks like blood. So I was planning a trip until he got interrupted by someone or something. Hey, if you want even Mawr grammar, Fraser, verbs, expressions and slang, then a great place to get that and so much more is over on our instagram. Just follow us at real life dot English. I look forward to seeing you over there. Way use used Thio and would to talk about past habits that air no longer. True example. When I was a kid, I used to play with my cousins, My family and I would go on road trips in the summer when I was little. How many years did we work together? Way would get so tired. We spent so many hours together we would divulge the most intimate details of our personal lives. Right? Right. Like twins in a womb. Right. That's how we did this show, right? So whatever it is you can tell may e beat up black belts. Yeah. How did you know there were black balls? They told me after. See, I used to run with a very tough crowd. Street fighter types, riel, riel, bad people. I'm just lucky I got out. Used to Could describe actions and states. Example. I used to go out a lot when I was young. I used to be busy when I work to pay for my studies, but would can Onley describe actions so you can say I would go out a lot when I was young, but you can't say I would be very busy when I work to pay for my studies. It's worth noting that between used to and would, one is much more common. The other Can you guess which? Fuck my dad. You know, I usedto s always tell him that I was gonna be environmental lawyer and he was always so proud of me for that now. Used to is different from to be used. Thio compare. I used to go toe work by bus versus I'm used to going toe work by bus. This is always used in the past to talk about past habits but this could be used in any tense. If you're used to something, you're accustomed to doing something. I'm sorry that Sisi did this to you. It's okay. I'm used to it. This will just always be the fat kid with big dreams. Notice that the verb after two goes in the I n g farm. I've got to say you're handling this baby thing better than it wasn't expected. What do you mean? He's being the only kid in the house. Now there's gonna be a new kid. Jay's kid. This expression could be used in the past, present and future with the verb to be again. This is different from when we say used to to describe the past habit because there's no verb to be here. You know, I used to be just like you when I was a kid. I used to love it. There is gonna be our best summer ever. Might be. Sheldon, are you going to spend a little time with Amy? Oh, it's okay. I'm used to it. Lastly, there's another form that you can use with this verb. We also say get used to doing something which means gradually become accustomed. Thio, Let's watch some examples. Look, you're gonna be doing this stuff for a while. You're just gonna have to find a way to get used to it. But none of you know what this is like being celebrated for something you wish you never did. Oh, my God. He looks like Shemp. Yes, it is true. But, baby, if I got a little bit more on the sides are No, no, no, no, no more cutting. Just give me a chance to get used to it, Dad. I came here to learn, not setting the bar and drink. You do what you want. I'm getting Scotch. I'd like to play if it's just for fun. I played basketball in school. It was the first Thanksgiving Hannah agreed to spend with me. And then at the last minute, she changed your mind up. Awesome. I was driving along the street. The cars were parked just like this. I'm boom out of nowhere. He hits me. This is exactly the kind of thing I was hoping to avoid. You know, I was planning on saying no and making you beg for a few hours. I just love you too much. I would like to make a pledge. I would like to donate $200. $200. Sure, I would consider moving in here. Just let me think about it. You know, when I was a kid, I would collect butterflies. Oh, being adored. I'm used to it. Don't worry about it. Cam used to be a cloud. Be once a club, always a club or not. Now, this used to be your room. Pop up. All right. It's not here. Not there. Let me get this straight. I called yesterday to try to cancel My reservation was told it's not refundable.