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    Default simple past tense

    1-I read a book yesterday.
    Does this sentence imply that I read it from start to finish? Could I have read only half of the book?

    2-We painted our house yesterday.
    Does this imply that the painting is over?

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    Default Re: simple past tense

    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    1-I read a book yesterday.
    Does this sentence imply that I read it from start to finish?
    Yes, the implication is that you finished the book.

    Quote Originally Posted by FW
    Could I have read only half of the book?
    Yes, but it is unlikely. More likely would be: "I read the book halfway through."

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    2-We painted our house yesterday.
    Does this imply that the painting is over?
    Yes, it does.

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    It does generally imply that the action was completed, but it could be used otherwise in ceratin circustances. For example, if a parent was accusing their child of neglectin their studies and they said this, it wouldn't necessarily mean all of the book, but you'd need a clear context for this to be understood.

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