介词短语 in the past 在句中用时间状语时，既可以连用一般过去时，也可以连和现在完成时，请跟着小编来看看这两者的区别：
In the past, people had fewer expectations.
The capital of England is London. In the past it was Winchester.
In the past he had to read by candlelight.
In the past, navigation depended on a knowledge of the positions of the stars.
Today, people are much more concerned about their health than they were in the past.
The two sides will have to be better and tougher than either has beenin the past.
They have been so feather-bedded in the past that they can’t cope with hardship now.
In the past this process of transition has often proved difficult.
In the past they’ve tended to turn a deaf ear to such requests.
We have achieved much in the past, and we may hope to achieve even more in the future.