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Grammar explanation of the past continuous with examples.

Grammar explanation of the past continuous with examples.


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  • 1. PastContinuous
  • 2. We use thepastcontinuoustotalkabouttheactionsthatwere happening at a certainpoint in thepast. Actionsthatwerein progressbutnotfinished.
  • 3. Forexample…
  • 4. Mike startedwork at half-pasteightyesterdaymorning.
  • 5. He finishedwork at threeo’clock in theafternoon.
  • 6. So we can saythat Mike workedfrom 8:30 to 3:00 yesterday
  • 7. Whatwas Mike doing at 10:00 yesterdaymorning?
  • 8. He wasworking in the office.(He started at 8:30 and finished at 3:00, so at ten he was in themiddle of work)
  • 9. Wemakepast simple likethis:
  • 10. Affirmative
    (S + was/were + [Verb+ing])
    “Shewas sleeping.”
    “Theyweresinging.”
  • 11. Negative
    (S + was/were + not + [Verb+ing])
    “Shewasn’t sleeping.”
    “Theyweren’tsinging.”
  • 12. ·Interrogative(Was/were + S + [Verb+ing]+?)“Wasshe sleeping?”“Weretheysinging?”
  • 13. What were they doing?
  • 14. Whatwas happening at 11 o’clockyesterday?Whatwerethestudentsdoing at theschool?
  • 15. Whatwas Tracy doing?
    Whatwas Paul doing?
    Whatwere Jane and Fred doing?
    Whatwas Jane doing?
    WhatwereMattand Linda doing?
    Whatwas Chris doing?
    Whatwastheteacherdoing?
    Whatwas Gary doing?
  • 16. Tracy wasstandingonher head.
    Paul wasdrawing a pictureonthenoticeboard.
    Jane and Fred weredancing.
    Jane waswearing a bighat.
    Matt and Linda weretalkingabouttheweekend.
    Chris wasplayingthe guitar forhisdog.
    Theteacherwaslooking at hiswatch.
    Gary was sleepingonthestairs.
  • 17. Howgoodisyourmemory?
  • 18. 1.- Whatwas Chris doing?
    2.- Was Tracy sleepingonthestairs?
    3.- WhatwereMatt and Linda doing?
    4.- WasChris playingthe guitar forhisdog?
    5.- Whatwastheteacherdoing?
    6.- WasJane dancing?
  • 19. THE END