We use the past simple for:
a. an action that occurred at a definite time (stated or implied) in the past.
Ms Tanaki joined the company in May 2002.
b. actions that happened immediately after one another in the past.
Eventually we reached agreement and decided to go ahead with the project.
c. Habits and states which are now finished.
My mother worked on a farm when she was younger.
I. Match the sentences with the situations (a-c above).
1. The company’s profits rose to £144 million last year.
2. The manager did not accept her resignation.
3. Dramatic developments on the stock market tripled the value of his shares.
4. The advertisement reached an audience of over 19 million.
5. I bought my coat direct from the factory at trade price.
6. The company declared bankruptcy in 1997.
7. Dillon studied economics in Manchester University.
8. He gave his Porsche to his mother as a tax dodge.
9. The two brothers started up a clothes retailing business.
10. They spent millions on the advertising campaign.