Signal words for the Simple Past

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What are signal words for the Simple Past?

These words tell you what tense you have to use. For the Simple Past these are expressions of time in the past.

  • yesterday
  • last week
  • a month ago
  • in 2010
  • this morning

Here are some examples:

  • What did you do in your last holidays?
  • His parents married in 2004.
  • I didn't text my friend yesterday.
  • Did you miss the bus this morning?