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Past ContinuousPast Continuous
TenseTense
Form of Past Continuous Tense:Form of Past Continuous Tense:
Negative SentenceNegative Sentence
Subject + “BE” +
NOT
+
mai...
Form of Past Continuous Tense:Form of Past Continuous Tense:
Yes-No QuestionYes-No Question
“BE” + Subject +
main verb
(V+...
Form of Past Continuous Tense:Form of Past Continuous Tense:
Wh-QuestionWh-Question
Question
word
“BE” + Subject +
main ve...
Use of Past Continuous TenseUse of Past Continuous Tense
1. We use the past continuous to say that an action was in
progre...
Use of Past ContinuousUse of Past Continuous
TenseTense
2. We use the past continuous to say that an action
was in progres...
Use of Past ContinuousUse of Past Continuous
TenseTense
3. We use the past continuous to say that an action in the past wa...
Past Simple vs. PastPast Simple vs. Past
ContinuousContinuous
4. We use the past continuous together with the past simple....
Jimmy was taking a bath
when the phone rang.
A: What were you doing when you broke your leg?
B: I was snowboarding.
Past Continuous Tense &Past Continuous Tense &
Past Simple TensePast Simple Tense
We often use the past continuous tense w...
Past Continuous Tense &Past Continuous Tense &
Past Simple TensePast Simple Tense
Long action = (watching TV),
expressed w...
‘when’ + short action (past simple tense)
‘while’ + long action (past continuous tense)
  I was watching TV when Jim knock...
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Past continuous (when & while)

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Past continuous (when & while)

  1. 1. Past ContinuousPast Continuous TenseTense
  2. 2. Form of Past Continuous Tense:Form of Past Continuous Tense: Negative SentenceNegative Sentence Subject + “BE” + NOT + main verb (V+ing ) + complement I was not listening to music. wasn't You, We, They were not dancing happily. weren't He, She, It was not reading books. wasn't
  3. 3. Form of Past Continuous Tense:Form of Past Continuous Tense: Yes-No QuestionYes-No Question “BE” + Subject + main verb (V+ing ) +  modifier ? Was I listening to music? Were you, we, they watching World’s Cup last night? Was he, she, it being lazy?
  4. 4. Form of Past Continuous Tense:Form of Past Continuous Tense: Wh-QuestionWh-Question Question word “BE” + Subject + main verb (V+ing) + modifier ? Who was I talking to when the phone rang? Where were you, we, they watching World’s Cup last night? Who was he, she, it doing at 11 o’clock last night?
  5. 5. Use of Past Continuous TenseUse 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. •At midnight, we were still driving through the desert. • What were you doing at midnight last night?
  6. 6. Use of Past ContinuousUse of Past Continuous TenseTense 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 workingworkin g working working working 8:00am 4: 00pm12:00pm
  7. 7. Use of Past ContinuousUse of Past Continuous TenseTense 3. 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.
  8. 8. Past Simple vs. PastPast Simple vs. Past ContinuousContinuous 4. 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!
  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. Past Continuous Tense &Past Continuous Tense & Past Simple TensePast 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.
  11. 11. Past Continuous Tense &Past Continuous Tense & Past Simple TensePast Simple Tense Long action = (watching TV), expressed with past continuous tense Short action = (knocked), expressed with simple past tense I was watching TV when Jim knocked the door.
  12. 12. ‘when’ + short action (past simple tense) ‘while’ + long action (past continuous tense)   I was watching TV when Jim knocked the door. When Jim knocked the door , I was watching TV   Jim knocked the door while I was watching TV While I was watching TV , Jim knocked the door I was watching TV when Jim knocked the door.

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