Diagram of the Past Simple

A diagram to show usage of the Past Simple

1. We use the Past Simple when we talk about something which started and finished in the past.

diagram of the past simple 1

2. We use the Past Simple to describe a series of actions in the past.

diagram of the past simple 2

3. We use the Past Simple (2) together with the Past Continuous (1). The action in the Past Simple interrupted the action in the Past Continuous (the one which was in progress).

diagram of the past simple 3