We use to talk about past events in chronological order.
It`s also used to talk about past habits.
We use the past continuous to set the scene in a story.
We use it for actions in progress in the past.
PAST PERFECT SIMPLE
We use it to talk about an earlier past event: something that happened before the main action.
We use it to talk about earlier events and experiences, or single actions completed earlier in the past.
With stative verbs to talk about states or situations that had started earlier in the past.
PAST PERFECT CONTINUOUS
We use to talk about actions which are longer are started in the past.
We use it to talk about repeat actions from earlier in the past.
USED TO + INFINITIVE
We can use it to talk about things we did many times in the past.
We can also talk about stative verbs, which were true in the past.
BE USED TO
We use it when you are accustomed to do something.
GET USED TO
We use it when you become accustomed to something.
At the beginning of the sentence
At the end of the sentence
Before the main verb
Sometimes I feel a bit lost
She arrived very late
They don’t always answer the phone
ADVERBS OF FREQUENCY
Adverbs of frequency usually go in mid position, although a few of them (sometimes, usually and normally) can also go in initial position.
In the mid position for example: “you should always knock at the door.”
And in the initial position it’s like: “Sometimes he can be very stubborn.”
We use it when we want to be more polite.
We begin the
Question with expressions such as Can you tell me …? Could you tell me …? Do you know? Would you mind telling me?
GERUNDS/ TO INFINITIVE
We use it to express purpose.
We use it after certain adjectives: (happy, glad, sorry, delighted, anxious, etc.), certain nouns: (advice, decision, dream, opportunity, etc.). And certain expressions: (to be honest, to tell you the truth, to begin with, etc.).
We use it as a noun (subject).
After some verbs we use different expressions:
Hear, listen, notice, see, watch to express an incomplete action, or action in progress:
BUT hear, listen, notice, see + infinitive WITHOUT-to to express a short or complete action:
Like, love, hate, prefer to express general preference.
Bare Infinitive (Without to)
After modal verbs we use (can, could, must, might, should, will would).
In the passive voice we say be made +to-infinitive.
We use hear, listen, notice, and see to express a short or complete action.
Then there are some verbs that take gerund or infinitive with a change of meaning: