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WHEN/WHILE PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE & PAST SIMPLE WHEN/WHILE PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE & PAST SIMPLE Presentation Transcript

  • Past Continuous Tense
  • Form of Past Continuous Tense: Positive Sentence books. reading was He, She, It happily. dancing were You, We, They to music. listening was I   modifier. main verb (V +ing ) + “ BE” + Subject +
  • Form of Past Continuous Tense: Negative Sentence wasn't books. reading not was He, She, It weren't happily. dancing not were You, We, They wasn't to music. listening not was I   modifier. main verb (V +ing ) + NOT + “ BE” + Subject +
  • Form of Past Continuous Tense: Yes-No Question lazy? being he, she, it Was World’s Cup last night? watching you, we, they Were to music? listening I Was   modifier ? main verb (V +ing ) + Subject + “ BE” +
  • Form of Past Continuous Tense: Wh-Question at 11 o’clock last night? doing he, she, it was Who World’s Cup last night? watching you, we, they were Where to when the phone rang? talking I was Who modifier ? main verb (V+ing) + Subject + “ BE” + Question word
  • Use of Past Continuous Tense 1. We use the past continuous to say that an action was in progress at a specific time in the past. The action had already started at this time, but had not finished.
    • At 5pm yesterday, it was raining .
    • I was having dinner at 6pm last night.
    • Last night at 11 PM , my sister and I (we) were watching TV.
    • At midnight , we were still driving through the desert.
    • What were you doing at midnight last night?
  • Use of Past Continuous Tense 2. We use the past continuous to say that an action was in progress at every moment during a period of time.
    • Yesterday she was sitting at her desk at work all day .
    • You were working all day yesterday.
    • Yesterday they were not playing football at 9am .
    • What were you doing at 10pm last night?
    • Jimmy was working at 10pm last night.
    working working working working working working 8:00am 4 : 00pm 12:00pm
  • Use of Past Continuous Tense 3. We use the past continuous together with the past simple. The past continuous refers to a "longer" or "background" action that was in progress to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted; The past simple refers to a “ shorter” action that interrupted the longer action, or happened in the middle of it.
    • John’s daughter was sleeping when he called her at 8pm.
    * Remember: this can be a real interruption or just an interruption in time!
  • Jimmy was taking a bath when the phone rang . A: What were you doing when you broke your leg? B: I was snowboarding .
  • Use of Past Continuous Tense 4. We use the past continuous to say that an action in the past was temporary .
    • Sarah was waiting for her friend for 20 minutes yesterday.
    • You were working in the Sales Department last month .
    • They were living in Paris for a year.
  • Past Continuous Tense & Past Simple Tense
    • We often use the past continuous tense with the simple past tense. We use the past continuous tense to express a long action .
    • And we use the past simple tense to express a short action that happens in the middle of the long action .
  • Past Continuous Tense & Past Simple Tense I was watching TV when Jim knocked the door. Long action = (watching TV), expressed with past continuous tense Short action = (knocked), expressed with simple past tense
  • ‘ when’ + short action (past simple tense) ‘while ’ + long action (past continuous tense) I was watching TV when Jim knocked the door . Jim knocked the door , I was watching TV While I was watching TV while Jim knocked the door   I was watching TV , Jim knocked the door When Jim knocked the door. when I was watching TV