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Tenses (iv) past progressive

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Tenses (iv) past progressive

  1. 1. Tenses (IV) – Past progressive
  2. 2. Use• An action that was in progress at a time in the past. E.g: - I was working in Spain in 1989.• To explain the background to another past event or action. E.g: - I was teaching in primary school when I met my husband.• The exceptions in spelling are the same  present progressive.• Signal words: – when – while – as long as – (...)
  3. 3. Use• Form:
  4. 4. Affirmative form I was • “was”  I, he, she, it and you were the singular form of nouns he/she/it was • “were”  you, we, they and we were the plural form of nouns you were they were• Subject + verb “to be” in past + verb –ing + ... E.g: - I was watching TV.
  5. 5. Negative form• was not / were not (subject + was / were not + verb –ing + ...) E.g: - I wasn’t playing football.
  6. 6. Interrogative form• Was / Were (Was / Were + subject + verb –ing + ...?) E.g: - Were you using a mobile? - Yes, I was / No, I wasn’t.

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