Past continuous was He She It were You We They play ing was I
Past continuous Was the teacher explaining grammar at school last Monday? No, she wasn’t. She was explaining Geography.
Past continuous tense INTERROGATIVE NEGATIVE was were was he she it you we they play ing ? I He She It You We They I was not wasn’t were not weren’t play ing Was not Wasn’t
USES W e use the past continuous to describe a past action that was in progress at a specific time in the past. What were you doing yesterday at 8 0’clock ? I was preparing breakfast. Were you working yesterday at 10pm? No, I was watching TV at home.
PAST SIMPLE + PAST CONTINUOUS Past simple and past continuous are used together when something happened in the middle of something else . The policeman broke his ankle while he was running after the dog
<ul><li>Past continuous (in the middle of an action) </li></ul><ul><li> I was walking home when I met Dave. (in the middle of walking home) </li></ul><ul><li> Ann was watching televis i on when the phone rang. </li></ul>Compare the past continuous (I was doing) and past simple (I did):
WHILE, WHEN <ul><li>While normally accompanies past continuous; when , past simple. Compare: </li></ul><ul><li>My mobile phone rang while the band was playing . </li></ul><ul><li>I was reading a book while you were watching TV. </li></ul><ul><li>What were you doing when I phoned you? </li></ul><ul><li>When the phone rang, I was watching the news . </li></ul>
Look at this chart What was Ann doing at…? Was she studying at 9? Yes she was. Was she doing exercise at 1? No she wasn’t. She was doing yoga. Sleep Do homework 5 - 9 Take a nap Have lunch 1 - 5 Do exercise Do yoga 11 - 1 Surf the Internet Study 9 - 11 NO YES