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