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Past Continuous and Past Simple

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Transcript of Past Continuous and Past Simple

Writing
Speaking
Reading
Writing
.
USE:
To talk about something that was happening around a particular time in the past.
Examples:
- 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.



BUT
- We often use them together.
a) The past continuous
describes a 'longer background’
situation and the past simple
describes the action or events.
Examples:
- 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.
Examples:
- I was playing a computer game
when the doorbell rang.

IMPORTANT NOTES:
Most of verbs
Add -ing to the verb:
do - doing
The Past Simple and the Past Continuous
Let's play a game:
STATIVE VERBS
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


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

Examples:
'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 !
Reading
http://www.englishmedialab.com/GrammarGames/New_Snakes_%20Ladders/Past_tenses.html
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