Loading presentation...

Present Remotely

Send the link below via email or IM


Present to your audience

Start remote presentation

  • Invited audience members will follow you as you navigate and present
  • People invited to a presentation do not need a Prezi account
  • This link expires 10 minutes after you close the presentation
  • A maximum of 30 users can follow your presentation
  • Learn more about this feature in our knowledge base article

Do you really want to delete this prezi?

Neither you, nor the coeditors you shared it with will be able to recover it again.


Make your likes visible on Facebook?

Connect your Facebook account to Prezi and let your likes appear on your timeline.
You can change this under Settings & Account at any time.

No, thanks

Past Continuous and Past Simple

No description

María Laura Bayona Madrid

on 5 April 2014

Comments (0)

Please log in to add your comment.

Report abuse

Transcript of Past Continuous and Past Simple

To talk about something that was happening around a particular time in the past.
- What
were you doing
at 8 o’clock last night? I was
watching television.
- In 1994 he
was working
in a small town in Poland.
- At 6 o’clock on Saturday morning we
were travelling

to the airport.

- We often use them together.
a) The past continuous
describes a 'longer background’
situation and the past simple
describes the action or events.
- When I woke up this morning,
it was raining and my father
was singing in the kitchen.
b) The ‘action’ written in past simple
tense interrupts the ‘situation’
written in past continuous tense.
- I was playing a computer game
when the doorbell rang.

Most of verbs
Add -ing to the verb:
do - doing
The Past Simple and the Past Continuous
Let's play a game:
They are not used in the continuous tense. Verbs related to thoughts and feelings such as: believe, know, understand, want, think, feel, like, love, smell, taste, hear.

Spelling rules: -ING form
Silent 'e'
Drop the e and add -ing:
make - making

when', 'while' and 'as'
are important time markers. They can be used with the past simple or the past continuous part of the sentence.

'when I arrived at the
restaurant, he was talking
to somebody on the phone.'
'As I was walking down the
street, I met my old teacher.'

One-syllable verbs
Double the last consonant and
add -ing:
swim - swimming

Two-syllable verbs
Double the last consonant (if stressed), add -ing.
commit - committing
*whisper - whispering
-ie verbs
Change the ie to -y and add -ing:
die - dying

Let's watch a
video !
Full transcript