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Use of the Past Progressive

When do we use the Past Progressive?
The Past Progressive is used when we talk about something which was happening at a special
time in the past. It is also called Past Continuous.

1. actions were in progress at special time in the past
Peter was reading a book yesterday evening.
She was listening to the radio.

2. two actions were happening at the same time (the actions do not influence each
other)
Anne was writing a letter while Steve was reading the New York Times.

3. together with the Simple Past
While we were sitting at the breakfast table, the telephone rang.
Note:

Past Progressive → were sitting at the table

Simple Past → the telephone rang.

The action in Simple Past interrupted the action in Past Progressive.

4. repeated actions irritating the speaker (with always, constantly, forever)
Andrew was always coming late. (I don't like that.)
Simple Past → Andrew always came late. (Here I don't give a comment.)

2. 8. Anne and Maureen __________singing a song 11. You _______ packing your bag. Your father_______ repairing the car.Decide whether to use 'was' or 'were'. Write positive sentences in past progressive. It ______ raining. 2. travel → 4.Yesterday at 3 pm the following people were in the middle of an action. swim → 8. The dog _______ barking. give → 7. 10. 1. lie → 2. 9.WORKSHEET 1. 5. 6. I _______ reading a magazine. Mind the exceptions in spelling.Write down the ing form of the following words. 1. 1. They _____swimming in the lake. 4. Alice / walk / around the lake . The children _________ brushing their teeth. 3. live → 5. you / play / cards 2. 3. run → 6. Boris____ learning English. My friends ________ watching the match on TV. sit → 3. 7.

4. we / read / a book about Australia 5.Somebody believes that yesterday at 3 pm the following people were in the middle of an action. as yesterday at 3 pm these people were not doing those things. Sarah and Luke / not / work 2. My sister / feed / the birds 10.Write negative sentences in past progressive. Mister Miller / not / teach / chemistry . Fiona and Sam / visit / the castle 7. That cannot be. Caron / listen / to the radio 4. Kim and I / wait / in the park 9. Greg and Phil / count / their money 12.3. Ben / wash / the car 8. 1. however. Linda / look for / her ring 6.

Albert / not / play / tennis 6. Clark / repair / his computer . 1.3. Rachel / feed / the cat 2. the children / paint / a picture 3. Annie / not / clean / the table 8. Benjamin / not / write / an e-mail 9. You want to know whether the following people were in the middle of an action at a certain time in the past. Taylor and Bob / not / cycle / home 7. Robert / not / buy / flowers 13. Mandy / not / have / lunch 5. Jane / not / exercise / in the gym 10. Barry / not / drive / a lorry 4.Write questions in past progressive.

2. Jason and Aron / run / down the street 7. Lucas / have / a shower 6. Hazel / swim / in the pool 5. Anita was working at a restaurant last week. Anita and Linda / sit / in the kitchen 14. Ricky was waiting for Holly. Betty / do / her homework 8. Rebecca / watch / Star Trek 10. Cindy and James / make / dinner 9. 4. Sarah was singing a song. Ask for the information in the bold part of the sentence. 3. . 1.4. Henry was living in London last year.

Bob was walking home because his car had a flat tire. I (practise) dinner. they (play) monopoly. Joe was reading a book. Put the verbs into the correct form (past progressive). w ere playin 2. 9. Claire was visiting her best friend. At half past seven. 15. 10. At six o'clock. 6. The children were playing in the sandbox. Yesterday at six I (prepare) 3. the guitar when he came home. in the garden when it suddenly began to rain. Myriam and her family were having dinner. 1.5. 7. The kids (play) 4. When I phoned my friends. 8. 16. . Mister Logan was driving home.

I tried to tell them the truth but they (listen / not) 8. 17. What (you / do) 9. fly → 3. 1. yesterday? in the park. phone → 4. chat → 2. 1. We (not / cycle) 6. swim → 5. in his room. While Aaron (work) all day. Most of the time we (sit) .Write the ing form of the following verbs. die → in the pool.Test 18. .5. his friends (swim) 7.

The water ______dripping on the floor. James and Phil / build / a tree house → . We / feed / the birds → 2. 2. Were you reading? Brad was not waiting.Was or Were? 1. You _____rushing down the street. 5.Complete the table in past progressive. I _____ having dinner. The birds ______sitting in the tree. 3.6. 1.Write sentences in past progressive. my parents / not / eating / at a restaurant → 4. Diana was laughing. 4. positive negative question He was shouting. The teacher _______ pointing to the board. 4. 3. 2. They were not talking. Jenny / ride / a horse → 3.

5. Carol was talking on the phone. Avril was painting the kitchen. 2. Sue and Jane / sell / fruits → 4. Brendan / drive / a lorry → 3. An hour ago.5. the pupils / write / a test → 5. The children were running around noisily. 1. Misses Bush was correcting our tests. their mother / not / cook / dinner → Write questions in past progressive. 3. Katie was sitting in the living room. 4. Jane / tidy / her room → 2. your little sister / cry → Ask for the information in the bold part of the sentence. . 1.

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