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Past Progressive
and Simple Past

Someone Stole His
Briefcase!
Focus on Grammar 3
Part I, Unit 4
By Ruth Luman, Gabriel...
Reporting to the Police 1
Reporting to the Police 1
It having a ten in the
I was was aboutcup of coffee,
morning, andwatch...
Reporting to the Police 2
Reporting to the Police 2
To my left,
man. He was
To my right,there was another young man. He
Su...
Past Progressive
Past Progressive
Use the past progressive to describe an action
that was in progress at a specific time i...
Be Careful!
Be Careful!
Non-action verbs are not usually used in the
progressive. Note the exception with have.
I was havi...
Past Progressive & Simple Past 1
Past Progressive & Simple Past 1
Use past progressive with simple past to describe an
act...
Past Progressive & Simple Past 2
Past Progressive & Simple Past 2
Use past progressive for the action in progress. Use
whe...
Past Progressive & Simple Past 3
Past Progressive & Simple Past 3
Use past progressive to focus on the duration of an acti...
Practice 1

What were you and others
doing? Answer the questions
using the past progressive.

Example:
What were you doing...
Past Progressive with While 1
Past Progressive with While 1
Use past progressive with while to describe two
actions in pro...
Past Progressive with While 2
Past Progressive with While 2
Use past progressive with while to describe two
actions in pro...
Time Clauses
Time Clauses
The time clause (= the part with while or when) can
come at the beginning or the end of the sent...
Be Careful!
Be Careful!
Sentences with both clauses in the simple past have a
different meaning from sentences with one cl...
Practice 2

Form sentences with while.
Use the past progressive.

Example: read / steal
While the man was reading, the pri...
References
References
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  1. 1. 1 Past Progressive and Simple Past Someone Stole His Briefcase! Focus on Grammar 3 Part I, Unit 4 By Ruth Luman, Gabriele Steiner, and BJ Wells Copyright © 2006. Pearson Education, Inc. All rights reserved.
  2. 2. Reporting to the Police 1 Reporting to the Police 1 It having a ten in the I was was aboutcup of coffee, morning, andwatching the in and I was I was sitting Maxi’s Caféin the City Park. people near café. What did you What were yousee? doing?
  3. 3. Reporting to the Police 2 Reporting to the Police 2 To my left, man. He was To my right,there was another young man. He Suddenly, there was a young woman. She drinking coffee briefcase and newspaper. was eating a huge dish of ice cream. She A snatched the redand reading a ran away with it big fast that no one knew what was happening. was enjoying it. so red briefcase was standing next to his feet. After the man stole the briefcase, we were all talking loudly. The owner of the briefcase was very upset!
  4. 4. Past Progressive Past Progressive Use the past progressive to describe an action that was in progress at a specific time in the past. I was having coffee. She was eating ice cream. 10 a.m. now past was having was eating future
  5. 5. Be Careful! Be Careful! Non-action verbs are not usually used in the progressive. Note the exception with have. I was having a headache. I had a headache. I was having coffee. She was having ice cream. Here the meaning of have is eat or drink. drink
  6. 6. Past Progressive & Simple Past 1 Past Progressive & Simple Past 1 Use past progressive with simple past to describe an action that was interrupted by another action. They were enjoying the morning when the thief stole the briefcase. stole past were enjoying now future
  7. 7. Past Progressive & Simple Past 2 Past Progressive & Simple Past 2 Use past progressive for the action in progress. Use when and the simple past for the action that interrupts. The man was reading the newspaper when the thief snatched his briefcase. snatched past was reading now future
  8. 8. Past Progressive & Simple Past 3 Past Progressive & Simple Past 3 Use past progressive to focus on the duration of an action. Use simple past to focus on the completion of an action. I was sitting in Maxi’s Café and watching people. the people there. The thief stole the briefcase and ran away. past now was sitting / was watching future
  9. 9. Practice 1 What were you and others doing? Answer the questions using the past progressive. Example: What were you doing when I called this morning? I was trying to wake up when you called. called 1. What were you doing when the phone rang last night? 2. What were your friends doing at 6 p.m. yesterday evening? 3. What were you doing last weekend? 4. What was the teacher doing when you first saw her/him today?
  10. 10. Past Progressive with While 1 Past Progressive with While 1 Use past progressive with while to describe two actions in progress at the same time in the past. The man was reading the newspaper while the woman was eating her ice cream. now past was reading was eating future
  11. 11. Past Progressive with While 2 Past Progressive with While 2 Use past progressive with while to describe two actions in progress at the same time in the past. While While I was describing the theft, the police the theft, the police officer was writing officer was writing everything down. everything down. past now was describing was writing future
  12. 12. Time Clauses Time Clauses The time clause (= the part with while or when) can come at the beginning or the end of the sentence. no co mm a They were having coffee when the thief snatched the briefcase. , When the thief snatched the briefcase they were having coffee. !!! ! ma com
  13. 13. Be Careful! Be Careful! Sentences with both clauses in the simple past have a different meaning from sentences with one clause in the simple past and one in the past progressive. When the waiter came, came I looked at the menu. When the waiter came, came I was looking at the menu. came past came was looking looked now First the waiter First the waiter came; then I I came; then looked at the looked at the First I Iwas menu. First was menu. looking at the looking at the menu; then the menu; then the waiter came. waiter came. future
  14. 14. Practice 2 Form sentences with while. Use the past progressive. Example: read / steal While the man was reading, the prisoner was stealing his reading wallet. 1. talk / drink 4. not look / burn 3. play / watch 5. talk / sit 2. shine / splash 4. While the woman was not looking, the toastthe was 5. While the woman was talking onthey phone,manman was 3. While one sun waswere talking, fountain waswas tea. man wasshininglookingthe other splashing. playing pool, 1. talking 2. the women shining, the the were drinking splashing burning. burning sitting in the chair. watching. watching
  15. 15. References References Copyright © 2006 Pearson Education and its licensors. All rights reserved.

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