Past Continuous

 

The Past Continuous is used to express an action that took place at a specific time in the past. 

I was running away from the dog. I was studying at Queen Mary’s University of London.

 

It is used to express a longer action that was interrupted by a sharp shorter action, the shorter action is usually used with an expression of time or conjunction  and the past simple combined.

The man was stealing the jewels when the policeman walked past. Two boys were stabbed while the Policeman was twerking.

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The Past Continuous is used to talk about simultaneous actions that were happening at the same time a a particular time in the past.

The girl was screaming while the boy was laughing.

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The Past Continuous is used to express a habit or repeated action that happened at a particular time in the past.

Rachel was always crying. Tony was always running away from his brother.


Formulas

( + ) Subject  + was/ were + verb 1 + ing + Object

( – ) Subject  + was/were + not + verb 1 + ing + Object

( ? ) Was/were  + subject + verb 1 + ing + Object

( -? ) Wasn’t/ Weren’t ) + not + verb 1 + ing + Object

(-? ) Was/were + subject + not + verb 1 + ing + Object

 

Information Questions

( + ) Q/W + Was/were + subject + verb 1 + ing + Object

( – )  Q/W + Wasn’t/ Weren’t ) + not + verb 1 + ing + Object

( – )  Q/W + Was/were + subject + not+  verb 1 + ing + Object

 


Test your knowledge with the following exercises

I ______ _________ football last night when you called.

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He _______ _________ two people at the same time.

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They _______ ________ chess.

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We ________ ________ to Disney land when the car broke down.

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She ______ ________ with her son.

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_________ he __________ when you called?

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Why _________ she _________ so much?

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What ______ they _______ ?

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You _____ _______ when I told you .

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Where ______ you _______ when I saw you ?

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_____ they _______ on the plane?

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She _____ ________ during her lunch break.

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I ______ _______ my car when i heard someone scream.

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The baby (a) _______ ________ while her brother (b) _______ _________.

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I (a) _____ _______ the thug while his friend (b) _______ _______ to take my wallet .

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Past Continuous
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