Signal words for the Past Simple

What are signal words for the Past Simple?

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

  • a week/month/year ago
  • in 1999
  • last night/week/year
  • the other day
  • years ago
  • yesterday

Here are some examples:

  • What did you eat last night?
  • I met my girlfriend in 2011.
  • I didn’t pass my driving test the other day.
  • Did you live in this town years ago?