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Past Tenses: Past Continuous & Past Perfect
Transcript of Past Tenses: Past Continuous & Past Perfect
Past Tenses Overview
Past Continuous : Form
Subject +was/were + present participle + complement
Aisha and Dina
the game last night.
Passive Voice form:
Subject+ was/were + being + past participle + complement
were being done
so she didn't worry.
Past Continuous: Uses
Used to show that an action was in progress during a specific time in the past.
last Saturday night?
my friend's daughter so her family could take her out for her birthday.
Used with the simple past to show the relationship of a longer past action to a shorter past action.
his homework while watching T.V.
Past Continuous : Uses
Used with two clauses to show that two actions were taking place at the same time in the past.
FROZEN at the movies, Ellen
Was/Were going to means that a past plan wasn't carried out.
was going to
get the groceries before I picked up the kids, but I ran out of time.
Past Perfect: Forms
Past Perfect: Uses
to a meeting last week on Thursday.
to a meeting when I saw my friend.
I knew what they were going to cover because I
to many meetings before.
Past Perfect Continuous
had been going
tthe meetingo last Thursday when I got a call
from my dad.
Subject + had/hadn't + past particple + complement
notice last week that school was canceled on Monday and Tuesday before we showed up for class.
Passive Voice form:
Subject + had/hadn't + been + past participle.
that cold since the winter I visited Harbin, China.
Used to show something did or didn't happen before a specific time or action.
By the time they reached the store, it
had already closed
When school ended, Jane's dad still
to pick her up.
Used to show a prior reason.
prepared for a series of polar storms this winter, because the last few winters have been mild.
Used with EVER to show a superlative.
the coldest winter ever recorded for Chicago.
To show the duration of an earlier past action
warm for almost four days before I finally felt like I