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    Learners may use the past simple to make any reference to past time.

    I read the following from a book:

    Learners may use the past simple to make any reference to past time.

    e.g * Yesterday I got up early because I went to the antiques market. When i got to the market it already opened.


    Could anybody tell me what the mistake is in the above example, please?

    Thanks.

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    Re: Learners may use the past simple to make any reference to past time.

    Aside from the lower-case "i" when it needs to be "I"?

    Look at the tense of the second sentence. The word "already" suggests a different tense is needed.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Learners may use the past simple to make any reference to past time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Aside from the lower-case "i" when it needs to be "I"?

    Look at the tense of the second sentence. The word "already" suggests a different tense is needed.
    Thanks, Barb_D.

    Do you mean the sentence should be 'When I got to the market it had already opened'?

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    Re: Learners may use the past simple to make any reference to past time.

    Quote Originally Posted by Winwin2011 View Post
    Thanks, Barb_D.

    Do you mean the sentence should be 'When I got to the market it had already opened'?
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: Learners may use the past simple to make any reference to past time.

    The statement "Learners may use the past simple to make reference to any past time" is very misleading. It is true that learners might do that, ie you will hear them doing it. That doesn't make it right. Saying "may" suggests that it is correct, acceptable English. It is not.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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