We use this tense:

  • to talk about events or actions that happened in the past which have no connection to the present:
    Ex. She wrote the letter on Wednesday(Today is Monday)
  • to talk about a finished action in someone’s life:
    Ex. Mary’s uncle went to Spain twice.  (Mary’s uncle is dead)
  • to tell a story or a series of single past completed events or actions:
    Ex. I went to the library, thenlooked for the books I needed to write the essay, I read them, and, finally, I started writing it.
  • to talk about habits in the past:
    Ex. When I was a teenager I visited my uncle twice a week.
  • to talk about past facts or generalisations:
    Ex. People paid much more to make cell phone calls in the past.
  • with a finished time word (yesterday, last week, last month, in 2002, etc.) but no time reference is necessary if it is already known:
  • Ex. It was very cold yesterday.
  • to talk about long-term situations in the past which are no longer true:
    Ex. She worked at the hospital for over fifteen years.

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