Signal words for the Past Simple

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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?