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In conclusion, the past tenses are related to actions in the past time period. They include past simple, past continuous, past perfect and past perfect continuous. All of them are almost equivalent of the present tenses in the past time. Past simple tense is used with a past action at a specific time, while past continuous tense is used with an action in progress in the past at a specific time. Past perfect tense is used with a past action completed before another action in the past, while past perfect continuous tense is used with a longer action that began before a time in the past and continued up to the time with no indication whether or not the action continued beyond that time. In effect, we can identify the tense in the sentence through the grammatical structures rather than the usages. The grammatical structure is easier for students to understand the exact meaning of the sentence in past tenses. In my teaching, I can use more visual prompts to let student practice past tenses talking and they will help a lot.