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  • 1. I was doing Past continuous
  • 2. We use the past continuous tense to describe a past action over a period of time Q) "What were they doing yesterday?" A) "They were working all day.
  • 3. At 10:15 they were playing tennis. We use the past continuous to say that somebody was in the middle of doing something at a certain time. The action or situation had already started before this time but had not finished. This time last year I was living in Brasil.
  • 4.
    • Past continuous (in the middle of an action)
    • I was walking home when I met Dave. (in the middle of walking home)
    • Ann was watching televison when the phone rang.
    • Past simple (complete action)
    • I walked home after the party last night.
    • Ann watched televison a lot when she was ill last year
    Compare the past continuous (I was doing) and past simple (I did):
  • 5. Past simple and past continuous are used together when something happened in the middle of something else
    • Tom burnt his hand when he was cooking the dinner.
    • I saw you in the park yesterday. You were sitting on the grasss and reading a book.
    • While I was working in the garden, I hurt my back.
  • 6. But we use the past simple to say that one thing happened after another:
    • I was walking along the road when I saw Dave. So I stopped and we had a chat.
    • Compare:
    • When Karen arrived, we were having dinner (we had already started dinner before Karen arrived).
    • When Karen arrived, we had dinner. (first Karen arrived and then we had dinner)
  • 7. There are some verbs (for example, know/want/believe ) that are not normally used in the continuous:
    • We were good friends. We knew each other well (not “we were knowing”).
    • I was enjoying the party but Chris wanted to go home.
  • 8. We also use past continuous to make POLITE REQUESTS: I was hoping we could discuss a pay raise. I was wondering if you had time to see me.