Peter M. replied on 27 October, 2020 - 07:53 Poland. In general, the Past Tense is used to talk about something that started and finished at a definite time in the past.. How to form the Past Tense in English. This is because if a speaker offers two options for an activity, as in these examples, they are almost certainly in the same timeframe. (direct speech) 'Andrew said that he would be late. The verbs EAT and WORK are not state verbs, so WHY? 2. 1. 3. The third example above uses just watched, but it's still the past We don't normally use the negative or question form of would for past habits. past tense of will. ; Esperanto: Use the future tense We sat on the bench, wondering if the bus would be late this time.