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PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE

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Transcript of PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE

(+) I was studying while he was making dinner.
(-) Thomas wasn't working, and I wasn't working either.
(?) Were you listening while he was talking?

The Past Continuous with words such as "always" or
"constantly" expresses the idea that something irritating or shocking often happened in the past.
The concept is very similar to the expression "used to".
were + verb-ing
You
They
We
Examples :
(+) Last night at 6 PM, I was eating dinner
(-) Yesterday, I wasn't sitting at my desk.
(?) Were you eating the snack last night?
We use the past continuous to talk about a longer
backgroud action in the past, when a shorter action
interrupts it or happens during it.
Past Continuous Tense
We often use past continuous
(parallel actions) to describe the atmosphere
at a particular time in the past.
PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE
Form of Past Continuous tense
I
She
He
It
Was + verb-ing
}
}
Use the Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted.

Examples :
(+)I
was watching
TV when she called
(-) You
were not listening
to me when I told you to turn the oven off.
(?) What
were
you
doing
when you broke your leg?


You can also use a specific time as an interruption of past continuous tense
When you use the Past
Continuous with two actions in the same sentence, it expresses the idea that both actions were happening at the same time.
Examples :

(+) She was always coming to class late.

(-) He wasn't constantly talking.

(?) Were they always complaining?


Non-Continuous Verbs cannot be used in any continuous tenses. Instead of using Past Continuous with these verbs, you must use Simple Past.
Examples :
- Jane was being at my house when you arrived.

Not Correct

-Jane was at my house when you arrived.

Correct

ADVERB PLACEMENT
The examples below show the placement for
grammar adverbs such as: always, only, never,
ever, still, just.
(+) You were just studying when she called.
(-) She wasn't always doing her works.
(?) Were you just studying when she called?

ACTIVE / PASSIVE
• The salesman was helping the customer
when the thief came into the store.

ACTIVE

• The customer was being helped by the
salesman when the thief came into the store.

PASSIVE

WHILE
AND
WHEN
SONG WITH PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE
You took your time with the call
I took no time with the fall
You gave me nothing at all
But still you're in my way

I beg and borrow and steal
At first sight and it's real
I didn't know I would feel it
But it's in my way


Your stare
was holding
Ripped jeans
Skin
was showing
Hot night
Wind
was blowing
Where you think you'
re going
baby?

Hey I just met you
And this is crazy
But here's my number
So call me maybe
It's hard to look right at you baby
But here's my number
So call me maybe

Hey I just met you
And this is crazy
But here's my number
So call me maybe
And all the other boys
Try to chase me
But here's my number
So call me maybe

1. A: What (you, do) ____ when the accident occurred?
B: I (try) ____ to change a light bulb that had burnt out.


2. After I (find) ____ the wallet full of money, I (go, immediately)____ to the police and (turn)_____ it in.



Exercises of Past Continuous Tense
Aurelia Larissa
Catherine Tiffany
Christella Vania

Feren Inri
Saint Diven
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