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Simple Past and Past progressive
Transcript of Simple Past and Past progressive
Rio Acob and Tina Lin Simple Past (verb+ -ed/-d) Use: 1.To express the idea that an action started and finished at a specific time in the past.
example: I saw my my friend Charlie at the park yesterday.
2.To list a series of completed actions in the past.
example: He entered the room, lit a cigarette and smiled at the guests.
3.Can be used with a duration which starts and stops in the past.
example:I lived in Brazil for two year.
4.Describe a habit which stopped in the past.
example: I smoked forty cigarettes a day till I gave up.
5.Describe past facts or generalizations which are no longer true.
Examples: She was shy as a child, but now she is very outgoing. Spelling Rules Affirmative and Negative Statement Affirmative -it indicates of an attitude of acceptance or approval toward a previously expressed statement or idea. Negative - it indicates that a specific action or event was not completed in the past example: I saw a gigantic crystal ball in the museum. - subject + auxiliary verb did + not + base form of the verb example: The car didn't stop. -subject + past tense of the verb Yes/No questions -auxiliary verb did+ subject + base form of the verb example; Did you play tennis last week? -was/were + subject Yes/No question for the verb to be example: Was she famous? Signal Words of Simple Past Wh-Questions wh-question+ auxiliary verb did+ subject+ base form example: where did you put the lunchbox?
when did you get here? Past Progressive
(past of be:
was/were+ -ing form) Use:
1. Duration in the past
2. Interrupted actions in progress
3. Actions in progress at the same time in the past
4. Describe certain atmosphere
6. Polite question/inquiries
http://www.englishtenses.com/tenses/past_continuous#use2 Examples: 1. I was watching TV yesterday in the evening.
2. I was watching TV when she called.
3. I wasn't paying attention while I was writing the letter, so I made several mistakes.
4. When I walked into the office, several people were busily typing, some were talking on the phones, the boss was yelling directions, and customers were waiting to be helped. One customer was yelling at a secretary and waving his hands. Others were complaining to each other about the bad service.
4. He was constantly talking. He annoyed everyone.
5. I was wondering if you could give me a lift. yesterday, 2 minutes ago, in 1990, the other day, last Friday, etc. Combination of Simple Past and Past progressive 1. Use the combination of the two tenses if a long action is interrupted by another shorter action.
example: Harry was having a shower when his guests arrived.
2. Use the past continuous to describe what was happening at a particular time in the past. This is especially common when you give background information in stories.
example: It was snowing and the wind was blowing so hard. Suddenly the lights went off. REMEMBER!! 1. Non-Continuous Verbs cannot be used in any continuous tenses.
example of non-continuous verb:
agree, believe, enjoy, hate, know, like, love, mean, prefer, remember, seem, think, understand, etc.
2. Sentence with both clauses in the simple past tense have a very different meaning from sentences with one clause in the simple past tense and one clause in the past progressive.
example: When the bell rang, i ate dinner.
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