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Past Continuous Tense

How to use the Past Continuous | What's the structure of the Past Continuous Tense

Past Continuous Tense - When and How to use the Past Continuous Tense

We use the Past Continuous Tense

  • when a longer action was interrupted

I was having a shower when the telephone rang.

I hurt my back when I was learning to dance the Charleston.

I swam a lot last summer. - last summer’s gone, no more chance to swim again ‘last summer’ so it’s a finished past event

  • when we talk about what was already happening at a particular time in the past

Mr Pumpkin was reading his book at 4 o'clock.

Madam, what were you doing at 10 o'clock last night?

What is the structure?

was / were + verb + ing

As we can ask and deny with 'to be' we can form questions and negatives like:

Were you reading in bed last night Mrs. Adams?

She wasn't reading in bed last night when Mr Adams got home.

Learn with videos, further examples, funny situations - Tenses in the English Language | Visual Learning Course

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