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1 Simple Past and Past Continuous

2 Simple Past Tense Actions, events, states that started and finished in the past (…ago, last …, yesterday… ) Regular verbs: -ed I studied English last night. Irregular verbs: 2nd column I saw a car accident last night.

3 Tell your partner – use past simple
What did you do yesterday? What did you do Friday night? Where were you Saturday morning? How did you do celebrate your last birthday?

4 Past Continuous Tense 1) Describes an action that was happening at a certain time in the past What were you doing at 9 in the evening? I was watching TV We were playing Monopoly

5 Past Continuous I was You were He was She was VERB + ing It was
We were They were

6 Practice: Do you have a good memory? Are you a good witness?
Directions: Look at the following picture for one minute. Try to remember as many details as you can, but don’t write anything.

7 Only one minute… Ready, go ….

8 One minute…

9 What do you remember? How many people were there?
Where were the people? What was hanging from the ceiling? What was the bank robber holding? What was the bank robber wearing? What colour was his hair? What was covering the bank robber’s face? Was the bank robber right-handed or left-handed? What was the bank manager doing? What was the bank teller doing? Who was walking into the bank? What time was it? What was under the bank manager’s desk?

10 One minute…

11 Tell a classmate – use Past Continuous verbs: I was _______ing
Where were you last Thursday at 8 p.m.? What were you doing? What were you doing Friday at 5 p.m.? Where were you? Who were you with? What were you doing Sunday morning at 7 a.m.? What were you doing last night at nine o’clock? What were you doing last Saturday afternoon?

12 Simple Past X Past Continuous (when, as)
Past Continuous describes an action that was happening (the longer action) I was crossing the street … WHEN the driver ran through the red light. Past Simple (the shorter action) describes the action that interrupts the longer action

13 Other examples: I was sleeping when the telephone rang and woke me up.
He was driving too fast when he crashed the car.

14 More Examples: The announcer made a special live report. when we were watching the news When you called, I was trying to study. I was trying to study when you called. When I was trying to study, you called.

15 Past Continuous 2) Describes two actions happening at the same time: (while) Sorry, I wasn’t listening to you while you were talking. While I was reading, he was writing.

16 Form of Past Continuous
Subject + was / were + verb+ing Negative: Subject + was / were + not + verb+ing Yes/ No Question: Was / Were + subject verb+ing ? Information Question: (WH) + Was / Were + subject verb+ing ?

17 Remember –ing spelling rules?
Verb ending in... How to make the -ING form Examples (Most verbs) Add -ING say - saying go - going walk - walking 1 vowel + 1 consonant Double the consonant, then add -ING swim - swimming hit - hitting get - getting 1 vowel + 1 consonant + E Final –ie Remove E, then add –ING Change –ie to y, then add -ING come - coming lose - losing live – living die – dying tie -- tying

18 A little practice The telephone (ring) when I (take a shower).
The telephone rang when I was taking a shower. I (eat) dinner when you (come) in. I was eating dinner when you came in. It (rain) while they (walk) home. It was raining while they were walking home. We (see) an accident when we (drive) on the freeway. We saw an accident when we were driving on the freeway.

19 A little practice 2 She (chop) onions when she (cut) her finger.
.She was chopping onions when she cut her finger We (watch) TV when the electricity (go) out. We were watching TV when the electricity went out. My dad (do) the dishes while my mum (send) an . My dad was doing the dishes while my mum was sending an .

20 Final Tips … Use while for two actions in progress at the same time in the past: Gelijktijdigheid She was talking while he was driving. Use when for an action that was in progress that was interrupted by another event in the past): I was just leaving when you called. (handeling bezig) (“storing”)

21 Punctuation with When and While
When and while at the front of a sentence, use a comma: When you called, I was watching TV. While he was washing the clothes, I was doing the dishes. When and while in the middle of a sentence, no comma I was watching TV when you called. I was doing the dishes while he was washing the clothes.


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