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Past continuous

  1. 1. Past continuous
  2. 2. Past Continuous <ul><li>We form the past continuos tense with the </li></ul><ul><li>past tense of be + a verb + -ing </li></ul><ul><li>Was/were + -ing </li></ul><ul><li>Were you listening to the radio at 9 last night? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>No, I wasn’t. I was watching TV </li></ul></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Past continuous tense AFFIRMATIVE: Play were You We They was He She It play ing was I
  4. 4. Past continuous tense INTERROGATIVE: Play NEGATIVE: Play Were Was Was Were you we they he she it play ing ? I you He She It You We They I was not wasn’t were not weren’t play ing was not wasn’t
  5. 5. Uses of the Past Continuous <ul><li>To describe an action that was in progress at a specific time in the past </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mary was working at ten yesterday </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>To talk about an action that was in progress when a second action happened </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I was studying when the fire alarm went off </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>To talk about two actions that were in progress at the same time in the past </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>I was having a bath while my husband was cooking </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>To give background information in a story </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>It was getting dark, I was walking down the road when I saw a strange man … </li></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 6. W e use the past continuous tense to describe a past action over a period of time &quot; What were you doing yesterday at 8 0’clock ?&quot; “ I w as working all day. 8 am 8 pm
  7. 7. To describe an action that was in progress at a specific time in the past The farmer was working at 6 o’clock yesterday evening The farmer / work / at 6 o’clock yesterday evening
  8. 8. This time yesterday the hairdresser was working This time yesterday / the hairdresser /work To describe an action that was in progress at a specific time in the past
  9. 9. Was the teacher explaining grammar at school last Monday? No, she wasn’t . She was explaining Geography. explain grammar at school last Monday / the teacher? No // explain Geography
  10. 10. To talk about two actions that were in progress at the same time in the past <ul><li>I was having a bath while my husband was cooking </li></ul>Both actions were simultaneous
  11. 11. To talk about an action that was in progress when a second action happened The policeman broke his ankle while he was running after the dog
  12. 12. 7 am 7.20 am I was having a shower, when the phone rang .
  13. 13. Note the difference <ul><li>When he arrived , they had dinner </li></ul><ul><li>When he arrived, they were having dinner </li></ul>
  14. 15. TIME EXPRESSIONS Past Continuous Grandad was sleeping yesterday AT 8 o’clock… I was trying to fly WHEN it began to rain… When I was working, the police arrived… WHILE Bart was playing, someone stole his money… Moe was working WHILE Homer was skating…

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