F2F: Past Continuous

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F2F: Past Continuous

  1. 1. Past Continuous Tense
  2. 2. 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 +
  3. 3. 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 +
  4. 4. 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” +
  5. 5. 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
  6. 6. 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. <ul><li>At 5pm yesterday, it was raining . </li></ul><ul><li>I was having dinner at 6pm last night. </li></ul><ul><li>Last night at 11 PM , my sister and I (we) were watching TV. </li></ul><ul><li>At midnight , we were still driving through the desert. </li></ul><ul><li>What were you doing at midnight last night? </li></ul>
  7. 7. 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. <ul><li>Yesterday she was sitting at her desk at work all day . </li></ul><ul><li>You were working all day yesterday. </li></ul><ul><li>Yesterday they were not playing football at 9am . </li></ul><ul><li>What were you doing at 10pm last night? </li></ul><ul><li>Jimmy was working at 10pm last night. </li></ul>working working working working working working 8:00am 4 : 00pm 12:00pm
  8. 8. Use of Past Continuous Tense 3. We use the past continuous together with the past simple. The past continuous refers to a &quot;longer&quot; or &quot;background&quot; 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. <ul><li>John’s daughter was sleeping when he called her at 8pm. </li></ul>* Remember: this can be a real interruption or just an interruption in time!
  9. 9. Jimmy was taking a bath when the phone rang . A: What were you doing when you broke your leg? B: I was snowboarding .
  10. 10. Use of Past Continuous Tense 4. We use the past continuous to say that an action in the past was temporary . <ul><li>Sarah was waiting for her friend for 20 minutes yesterday. </li></ul><ul><li>You were working in the Sales Department last month . </li></ul><ul><li>They were living in Paris for a year. </li></ul>
  11. 11. Past Continuous Tense & Past Simple Tense <ul><li>We often use the past continuous tense with the simple past tense. We use the past continuous tense to express a long action . </li></ul><ul><li>And we use the past simple tense to express a short action that happens in the middle of the long action . </li></ul>
  12. 12. 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
  13. 13. ‘ 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  

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