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Actions, events, states that started and finished
in the past (…ago, last …, yesterday… )
Regular verbs: -ed
Irregu...
What did you do yesterday?
 What did you do last Saturday night?
 Where were you last Sunday morning?
 What did you do ...


Use 1:

Past actions that were in progress at a particular time in
the past; actions that were not yet finished at a pa...
Where were you last Thursday at 8 p.m.? What
were you doing?
 What were you doing Friday at 5 p.m.? Where
were you? Who w...


Use 2: Two (or more) actions that were in
progress in the past at the same time

Use while
 Examples:
Sorry, I wasn’t ...
Use 3: Describe and set the scene; tell what was
happening or in progress when something else
happened or interrupted a pa...
Use past
continuous to say
what was in
progress
I was crossing the
street …
 Use simple past for
the interrupting
action
...
I was sleeping when the telephone rang and
woke me up.
He was driving too fast when he crashed the
car.
We were watching the news when the announcer
made a special live report.
I was trying to study when you called.
Student ex...


Directions: Look at the following picture for one
minute. Try to remember as many details as you
can, but don’t write a...


Ready, go ….
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.

How many people were there?
Where were the people?
What was hanging from the c...
Subject + was / were + verb+ing
Negation:
Subject + was / were + not + verb+ing
Yes/ No Question:
Was / Were + subject + +...
Verb ending in...

(Most verbs)

1 vowel + 1 consonant

1 vowel + 1 consonant + E

Final –ie

How to make the -ING form

A...
1. I (make) ____________________ a deposit at my bank when a man in a
mask (pull) ____________________ out a gun and start...
Simple past = action or state finished in the past
(yesterday, last…, … ago, etc.)
 Past continuous = was/were + verb+ing...
1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.

I (sleep) well last night.
I (sleep) when the first started.
When I got up this morning, it (r...
Use while for two actions in progress at the same
time in the past:
She was talking while he was driving.
 Use when when ...


When and while at the front of a sentence,
use a comma:

When you called, I was watching TV.

While he was washing the ...
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  • Past tense and past continuous verbs lesson -7

    1. 1.    Actions, events, states that started and finished in the past (…ago, last …, yesterday… ) Regular verbs: -ed Irregular verbs: change spelling, memorize
    2. 2. What did you do yesterday?  What did you do last Saturday night?  Where were you last Sunday morning?  What did you do to celebrate your last birthday?  When did you move to the U.S.?  When did you learn to drive?  Why did you start taking classes at MiraCosta College?  How did you learn to speak English so well? 
    3. 3.  Use 1: Past actions that were in progress at a particular time in the past; actions that were not yet finished at a past time Pablo’s Schedule 8 – 9: had breakfast 9 – 10: finished his homework 10 – 11: read the newspaper 11 – 12: ate lunch 12 – 2: watched soccer match on TV 2 – 5: took a nap
    4. 4. Where were you last Thursday at 8 p.m.? What were you doing?  What were you doing Friday at 5 p.m.? Where were you? Who were you with?  What were you doing Sunday morning at 7 a.m.?  What were you doing last night at this time?  What were you doing last week at this time?  What were you doing last year at this time? 
    5. 5.  Use 2: Two (or more) actions that were in progress in the past at the same time Use while  Examples: Sorry, I wasn’t listening to you while you were talking. While I was reading, he was writing. 
    6. 6. Use 3: Describe and set the scene; tell what was happening or in progress when something else happened or interrupted a past in-progress action  Examples: Car accident Broken bone A Crime 
    7. 7. Use past continuous to say what was in progress I was crossing the street …  Use simple past for the interrupting action when the driver ran the red light. 
    8. 8. I was sleeping when the telephone rang and woke me up. He was driving too fast when he crashed the car.
    9. 9. We were watching the news when the announcer made a special live report. I was trying to study when you called. Student examples:
    10. 10.  Directions: Look at the following picture for one minute. Try to remember as many details as you can, but don’t write anything.
    11. 11.  Ready, go ….
    12. 12. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. How many people were there? Where were the people? What was hanging from the ceiling? What was the bank robber holding? What was the bank robber wearing? What color was his hair? What was covering the bank robber’s face? Was the bank robber right-handed or left-handed? What was the bank manager doing? What was the bank teller doing? Who was walking into the bank? What time was it? What was under the bank manager’s desk?
    13. 13. Subject + was / were + verb+ing Negation: Subject + was / were + not + verb+ing Yes/ No Question: Was / Were + subject + + verb+ing ? Information Question: (WH) + Was / Were + subject + + verb+ing ?
    14. 14. Verb ending in... (Most verbs) 1 vowel + 1 consonant 1 vowel + 1 consonant + E Final –ie How to make the -ING form Add -ING Double the consonant, then add -ING Examples say - saying go - going walk - walking swim - swimming hit - hitting get - getting Remove E, then add –ING come - coming lose - losing live – living Change –ie to y, then add -ING die – dying tie -- tying
    15. 15. 1. I (make) ____________________ a deposit at my bank when a man in a mask (pull) ____________________ out a gun and started to rob the bank. 2. I (drive) ____________________ to work when I (see) ____________________ my neighbor’s door open and someone in the house. 3. They (walk) on the sidewalk when a car (hit) ____________________ the person closest to the road. 4. She (talk) ____________________ to a friend at the mall when a man (come) ____________________ up behind her and (grab) ____________________ her purse. 5. I (watch) ____________________ TV when I (hear) shouting and gunshots next door. 6. I (work) ____________________ in the garden and my son (find) ____________________ some matches and (start) ____________________ a fire in the living room.
    16. 16. Simple past = action or state finished in the past (yesterday, last…, … ago, etc.)  Past continuous = was/were + verb+ing, an action that was in progress/not finished when another action happened (interrupted) 
    17. 17. 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. I (sleep) well last night. I (sleep) when the first started. When I got up this morning, it (rain). It (rain) hard last night. Susie fell when she (play) in the park. We (have) dinner when you called. I (write) an email when you called me. He (paint) the walls yesterday. She (drive) to Los Angeles in her new car.
    18. 18. Use while for two actions in progress at the same time in the past: She was talking while he was driving.  Use when when telling about sequence of events (one action that was in progress that was interrupted by another event in the past): I was just leaving when you called.  (first action in progress) (interrupting event)
    19. 19.  When and while at the front of a sentence, use a comma: When you called, I was watching TV. While he was washing the clothes, I was doing the dishes.  When and while in the middle of a sentence, no comma I was watching TV when you called. I was doing the dishes while he was washing the clothes.

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