Past continuous Iwas playing You We They were He She It was
Past continuous Was the teacher explaining grammar at school last Monday? No, she wasn’t. She was explaining Geography.
Past continuous tense wasI playing? were you we they was he she it I Was not Wasn’t playing You We They were not weren’t He She It was not wasn’t INTERROGATIVE NEGATIVE
USES We use the past continuous to describe a past action that was in progress at a specific time in the past. What were you doing yesterday at 8 0’clock? I was preparing breakfast. Were you working yesterday at 10pm? No, I was watching TV at home.
PAST SIMPLE + PAST CONTINUOUS Past simple and past continuous are used together when something happened in the middle of something else. The policeman broke his ankle while he was running after the dog
Compare the past continuous (I was doing) and past simple (I did): Past continuous (in the middle of an action) I was walking home when I met Dave. (in the middle of walking home) Ann was watching television when the phone rang.
WHILE, WHEN While normally accompanies past continuous; when, past simple. Compare: My mobile phone rang while the band was playing. I was reading a book while you were watching TV. What were you doing when I phoned you? When the phone rang, I was watching the news.
Look at this chart YESNO 9 - 11StudySurf the Internet 11 - 1Do yogaDo exercise 1 - 5Have lunchTake a nap 5 - 9Do homeworkSleep What was Ann doing at…? Was she studying at 9? Yes she was. Was she doing exercise at 1? No she wasn’t. She was doing yoga.