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Pastsimplevspastcontinuous

  1. 1. The TíxerProductions presents
  2. 2. The Past Simple vsThe Past Continuous (the story of two brothers)
  3. 3. Starring• The Past Simple • The Past Continuous I played I was playing We broke We were breaking She didn’t jump She wasn’t jumping Did they run? Were they running?
  4. 4. Chapter 1Use of the Past Simple
  5. 5. We use the past simple for finished actions in the past When? The pastYesterday I went to the cinema with my friendsWhat time did you arrive home?I didn’t pass my English test last term
  6. 6. The simple past is normally followed by time expressions• Yesterday, in 1990, then, when…• Last month, last week, last summer…• 3 days ago, some time ago, a week ago…
  7. 7. Chapter 2Use of the Past Continuous
  8. 8. We use the past continuous for actions happening in the past The action is in progress The past We were watching TV with some friends I wasn’t studying English What were you doing yesterday morning?
  9. 9. The past continuous is normally used with times and time expressions• At 10.00 this morning• Yesterday evening at 9.00
  10. 10. Chapter 3The two tenses together
  11. 11. Two or more verbs in the past simple One action follows the other action Got up brushed had 1 2 3Yesterday morning I got up, I brushed my teeth andI had breakfast
  12. 12. Two or more verbs in the past continuous The actions happen at the same time Was watching Was listening Was doingLast night, while my father was watching the TV,my sister was listening to the radio and I was doingmy homework in my bedroom.
  13. 13. Two or more verbs in the past simple and the past continuous The action expressed by the past simpleinterrupts the action expressed by the past continuous While I was driving to work, I had an accident I was having a shower when the phone rang What were you doing when I called you last night?
  14. 14. The action expressed by the past continuousbegins before the action expressed by the past simple While is normally followed by the past continuous When is normally followed by the past simple 2nd 1st While I was driving to work, I had an accident I was having a shower when the phone rang What were you doing when I called you last night?
  15. 15. The End

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