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What is the difference between past tense and past participle? what is used when?

for example
past tense: I walked to the Cafe.
past participle: I had walked to the cafe.

  • 4th grade -

    Regular verbs have 4 principal parts. I'll list them for you:

    Present - walk
    Simple past - walked
    Past participle - walked
    Present participle - walking

    Notice that the simple past and the past participle are spelled alike in this particular verb. The simple past form is to be used alone, no helping verbs. The participle needs an auxiliary (helping) verb with it to make it serve as a sentence's main verb.

    It's easier to see the differences with irregular verbs. Here's one:
    Present - ring
    Simple past - rang
    Past participle - rung
    Present participle - ringing

    Do you see the difference? Can you do the same with other verbs?

  • 4th grade -

    Thank you for your nice explanation, My another question in this connection is, is there a difference in meaning between these past tense and past participle sentenses, I hope I wrote these sentenses correctly.

    I rang the bell
    I had rung the bell

  • 4th grade -

    Your sentences are correct.

    "I rang the bell" is a simple statement about what you did in the past.

    "I had rung the bell" implies that you did this action before something else.


    I had rung the bell before I realized no one was home.

  • 4th grade -

    Thank you very much.

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