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Past Continuous Tense

I was listening to music. books. You. We. . They He. It were was dancing reading happily. She.Form of Past Continuous Tense: Positive Sentence Subject + “BE” + main verb (V+ing) + modifier.

to music.Form of Past Continuous Tense: Negative Sentence Subject + I You. She. happily. We. It “BE” + NOT + was were was not not not main verb (V+ing) + listening dancing reading modifier . wasn't weren't wasn't . They He. books.

she. we. they watching World’s Cup last night? Was he. it being lazy? .Form of Past Continuous Tense: Yes-No Question “BE” + Subject + main verb (V+ing) + modifier ? Was I listening to music? Were you.

they he. she. it talking watching doing to when the phone rang? World’s Cup last night? at 11 o’clock last night? .Form of Past Continuous Tense: Wh-Question Question “BE” + word Subject + main verb (V+ing) + modifier ? Who Where Who was were was I you. we.

• Last night at 11 PM. We use the past continuous to say that an action was in progress at a specific time in the past. • At midnight.Use of Past Continuous Tense 1. •I was having dinner at 6pm last night. my sister and I (we) were watching TV. The action had already started at this time. we were still driving through the desert. but had not finished. • At 5pm yesterday. it was raining. • What were you doing at midnight last night? .

What were you doing at 10pm last night? Jimmy was working at 10pm last night. .Use of Past Continuous Tense 2. We use the past continuous to say that an action was in progress at every moment during a period of time. You were working all day yesterday. 8:00am 12:00pm 4: 00pm working working working working working working • • • • • Yesterday she was sitting at her desk at work all day. Yesterday they were not playing football at 9am.

Use of Past Continuous Tense 3. *Remember: this can be a real interruption or just an interruption in time! . or happened in the middle of it. The past continuous refers to a "longer" or "background" action that was in progress to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted. We use the past continuous together with the past simple. The past simple refers to a “shorter” action that interrupted the longer action. John’s daughter was sleeping when he called her at 8pm.

A: What were you doing when you broke your leg? B: I was snowboarding. .Jimmy was taking a bath when the phone rang.

You were working in the Sales Department last month. We use the past continuous to say that an action in the past was temporary. Sarah was waiting for her friend for 20 minutes yesterday. They were living in Paris for a year. .Use of Past Continuous Tense 4.

Past Continuous Tense & Past Simple Tense We often use the past continuous tense with the simple past tense. And we use the past simple tense to express a short action that happens in the middle of the long action. We use the past continuous tense to express a long action. .

Long action = (watching TV). expressed with simple past tense . expressed with past continuous tense Short action = (knocked).Past Continuous Tense & Past Simple Tense I was watching TV when Jim knocked the door.

while . I was watching TV When Jim knocked the door Jim knocked the door While I was watching TV when . I was watching TV I was watching TV Jim knocked the door .„when‟ + short action (past simple tense) „while’ + long action (past continuous tense) I was watching TV when Jim knocked the door. Jim knocked the door.