TensesTensesSimple PastSimple Pastand theand thePast ContinuousPast Continuous
Simple PastSimple Past
Whatisit?Whatisit?It expresses theIt expresses theidea that an actionidea that an actionstartedstarted andandfinishedfinis...
Examples…Examples…Examples:You called Debbie.Did you callDebbie?You did not callDebbie.A completed action in the past…
SimplepastSimplepastHow do we make aSimple past sentence?Verb+ed OR use irregularverbs•You hated English Grammar!•They fle...
IrregularIrregularverbsverbsVerbs whose past and pastparticiple tense forms donot follow the standardrules. Here are four ...
SimplepastwithSimplepastwithirregularverbsirregularverbsExamples…She awoke in the middle of the night.He met with his frie...
SimplepastwithSimplepastwithregularverbsregularverbsEXAMPLES:She played chess yesterday.I watched TV last night.He visited...
PastPastContinuousContinuous
Whatisit?Whatisit?It is used for past actions thatIt is used for past actions thatwere happening at somewere happening at ...
PastcontinuousPastcontinuous“I was working allnight”This suggests:•It was happening forsome time in the past.
PastContinuousPastContinuousUsually Past Continuous isUsually Past Continuous isused with Past Simple, e.g.:used with Past...
PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in bracketsPut the verbs in bracketsinto the past continuous:into the past conti...
PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the...
PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the...
PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the...
PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the...
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Simple Past & Past Continuous

  1. 1. TensesTensesSimple PastSimple Pastand theand thePast ContinuousPast Continuous
  2. 2. Simple PastSimple Past
  3. 3. Whatisit?Whatisit?It expresses theIt expresses theidea that an actionidea that an actionstartedstarted andandfinishedfinished at aat aspecific time in thespecific time in thepast.past.
  4. 4. Examples…Examples…Examples:You called Debbie.Did you callDebbie?You did not callDebbie.A completed action in the past…
  5. 5. SimplepastSimplepastHow do we make aSimple past sentence?Verb+ed OR use irregularverbs•You hated English Grammar!•They flew to Chicago lastmonth
  6. 6. IrregularIrregularverbsverbsVerbs whose past and pastparticiple tense forms donot follow the standardrules. Here are four ofthem…
  7. 7. SimplepastwithSimplepastwithirregularverbsirregularverbsExamples…She awoke in the middle of the night.He met with his friends at 3 o’clocktwo days ago.I bought a beautiful dress yesterday.She ate good breakfast this morning.We drank a lot of milkshake late lastnight.They went to Spain last year.She flew to Italy month ago.
  8. 8. SimplepastwithSimplepastwithregularverbsregularverbsEXAMPLES:She played chess yesterday.I watched TV last night.He visited his grandparentsmonth ago.We cleaned the house 3 hoursago.
  9. 9. PastPastContinuousContinuous
  10. 10. Whatisit?Whatisit?It is used for past actions thatIt is used for past actions thatwere happening at somewere happening at sometime in the past.time in the past.Examples:Examples:ItIt waswas gettgettinging darkerdarkerThe windThe wind waswas risrisingingThis tense always uses theThis tense always uses the‘‘inging’’ form with the verb andform with the verb andalways usesalways uses ‘‘bebe’’ forms:forms: waswas,,werewere
  11. 11. PastcontinuousPastcontinuous“I was working allnight”This suggests:•It was happening forsome time in the past.
  12. 12. PastContinuousPastContinuousUsually Past Continuous isUsually Past Continuous isused with Past Simple, e.g.:used with Past Simple, e.g.:•II was cookingwas cooking a dinnera dinnerwhen a telephonewhen a telephone rangrang..To connect both tenses useTo connect both tenses usea word:a word: whenwhen•He came homeHe came home whenwhen IIwas watching TV.was watching TV.•She was having a showerShe was having a showerwhenwhen she heard a noise.she heard a noise.
  13. 13. PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in bracketsPut the verbs in bracketsinto the past continuous:into the past continuous:She (not work)She (not work)Answer:Answer:SheShe waswasn’t workn’t workinging
  14. 14. PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the past continuous and finish:She (swim) in the riverShe (swim) in the riverAnswer:Answer:
  15. 15. PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the past continuous and finish:She (swim) in the riverShe (swim) in the riverwhen…when…Answer:Answer:SheShe waswas swimmswimminging in thein theriver when she saw a bear.river when she saw a bear.
  16. 16. PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the past continuous and finish:He (teach) his boy to rideHe (teach) his boy to ridewhen…when…Answer:Answer:
  17. 17. PastContPastContinuousinuousPut the verbs in brackets intoPut the verbs in brackets intothe past continuous and finish:the past continuous and finish:He (teach) his boy to rideHe (teach) his boy to ridewhen…when…Answer:Answer:HeHe waswas teachteachinging his boy tohis boy toride when it started raining.ride when it started raining.
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