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English Intermediate lesson 3
Transcript of English Intermediate lesson 3
While Ellen was reading, Tim was watching television
Were you listening while he was talking?
Chapter 1 Complete!
Lets talk about the past continuous
Use the Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted.
You were studying
when she called
When the phone rang,
she was writing a letter.
Remember we can use
Verbs in the Past
to talk about
not longer continue in the present.
Interrupted Action in the Past
e.g: While we were having the picnic, it started to rain.
Specific Time as an Interruption
e.g: Last night at 8 PM, I was eating dinner.
Expresses the idea that two actions were happening at the same time:
To make a negative add "not"
I was not at work yesterday
He wasn't at work yesterday
We were not at the restaurant
They weren't at the restaurant
We can use contractions
In negative sentences
In interrogative sentences
The interruption in past continuous is usually a shorter action in simple past.
I was watching TV
when the light went off.
When Alex was sleeping
someone stole his car
1) ________ you at the supermarket yestarday?
2)_____Susan working last week?
3) Where ______ they last Sunday?.
4) They ______ in the tennis class this afternoon. (neg)
5) Peter________ present for dinner tomorrow night. (neg)
6) ______Jenny and Mike together last year?
I at work yesterday
He sick last Wednesday
Last year we at our beach house
We very hungry
in the box
to the party
And sometimes a specific time interrupts the action
we were still working at the office.
Yesterday at this time,
I was having lunch with my friend.