Grammar Video|Pre-Int|19. Past Continuous


Past Continuous

Pre-Intermediate

Learn to tell stories using this tense

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Examples

A short moral story

It was 1 p.m. A fisherman was sitting at the lake. A boy was playing next to him and suddenly he asked «Why are you doing nothing?» The fisherman answered «I was reading when you came«. The child said «But you can catch more fish». «Why would I catch more than I need?» asked the fisherman.

Timeline

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Forms

be (past) + V+ing

+ I

He

She

It

was + V + ing You

We

They

were + V + ing
I

He

She

It

was not/ wasn’t + V+ing You

We

They

were not/weren’t + V + ing
? Was he

she + V + ing?

it

Were you

they + V + ing?

we


Usage

🔹To describe an action that was in progress at a particular time in the past

He was sitting at the lake.

I was walking yesterday at 8 p.m.

🔹To talk about a past action which was interrupted by another past activity

(Past Continuous + Past Simple)

I was reading a newspaper when you came.

When my dad called us, we were talking about the party.

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🔹To describe two past actions which were happening at the same time

(Past Continuous + Past Continuous)

The boy was playing while the man was reading.

She was having lunch when her son was sleeping.

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Attachment


Complete the sentences using the correct form of the verbs (Past Continuous or Past Simple)

Read the story and fill the gaps using Past Continuous and Past Simple

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  • Lesson
  • Homework
  1. 1. Grammar video|Pre-Int|1. May or Might
  2. 2. Grammar video|Pre-Int|2. Modal Verbs (Have to, Don't have to, Must, Mustn't)
  3. 3. Grammar video|Pre-Int|3. Should, shouldn't
  4. 4. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|4. Questions With and Without Auxiliaries
  5. 5. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|5. Word Order in Questions
  6. 6. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|6. Conjunctions
  7. 7. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|7. Relative Clauses
  8. 8. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|8. Reported Speech
  9. 9. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|9. Expressing Movements
  10. 10. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|10. Passive voice
  11. 11. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|11. Phrasal Verbs
  12. 12. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|12. So Neither + Auxiliary
  13. 13. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|13. Used to
  14. 14. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|14. Uses of the infinitive
  15. 15. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|15. Verb + ing
  16. 16. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|16. Present Simple
  17. 17. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|17. Past Simple
  18. 18. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|18. Present Continuous
  19. 19. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|19. Past Continuous
  20. 20. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|20. Present Perfect
  21. 21. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|21. Be going to
  22. 22. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|22. Will
  23. 23. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|23. Present Continuous for Future
  24. 24. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|24. Quantifiers
  25. 25. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|25. Something, anything, nothing, etc.
  26. 26. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|26. Comparatives
  27. 27. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|27. Superlatives
  28. 28. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|28. First Conditional
  29. 29. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|29. Second Conditional
  30. 30. Grammar Video|Pre-Int|30. Past Perfect Simple