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Past Tense

Among the 4 forms of Past Tense, the most commonly used are simple past and then its “had” combination. Look at the examples:

Tense Name Example
Simple Past Mr Joe visited me today.
Past Continuous Mr Joe was talking over the phone when he slipped.
Past Perfect Mr Joe had received vaccination before we all did.
Past Perfect Continuous Mr Joe had been working in the US.

Simple Past Tense is the most commonly used past form. To say something in simple past, use the v2 form of the verb or use was or were:

  • V2 Forms: Go → Went, has → had, have → had, can → could, may → might, shall → should, will → would
  • She is admitted → She was admitted.
  • He lives in Paris → He lived in Paris.

Simple Past Tense is used to express the following situations:

Past Sentences Example
The action is completed and has no relevance for now. She was discharged.
The action started at a past point of time and completed. She was discharged three days ago.
To refer to an action that happened before another one, both in past. She had died before the doctor arrived.

Use Simple Past with:

  1. On assessment. “On assessment, her BP was noted to be considerably high.”
  2. On admission. “On admission, his vital signs were critical.”

NB: We do not use such statements because they are “judgmental.” As a nurse, your duty is to state the the BP and vital signs. You are not to “judge” them as high, low, critical, etc. Let the recipient decide if a BMI of 31 is obesity or normal weight.

Proceed to the Quiz and get your score:

  1. On assessment, chances of permanent neurological damage which might have affected his mobility, speech and memory areas _______ noted.
  2. She ______ admitted yesterday.
  3. Her sons and daughters had settled down in the US before she ____ to London.
  4. When Joe woke up, all the nurses _____ busy in the ward.
  5. Ms Lee ______ yesterday with extreme pain in the left foot.
  6. This morning Mrs. Olsen _____ tiredness, generalized weakness and nausea.
  7. After an hour, elevated blood pressure _____ noted.
  8. She complained of shoulder and neck pain which ________ managed with one Normison and two Panadol.
  9. For the previous three days Mrs. Olsen raised concerns that she ______ lack of sleep along with indigestion.
  10. It is to be noted that she ______ glasses till 2020.
  11. On assessment, chances of permanent neurological damage which might have affected his mobility, speech and memory areas _______ noted.

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