How to use the past tenses in English | What are the structures of the past tenses what are the differences and the relationship
Past Tenses in the English Language - When and How to use the past tenses in English
With different types of past tenses we can express actions that happened at different times in the past in relation to other actions.
The Millers were driving home when their car broke down. (they were in the process of driving home when their car broke down and interrupted their driving).
So with the Past Continuous we express that somebody was in the middle of doing something at a certain point in the past and this action started before and was till going on/hadn't finished at the point of reference.
I was reading in bed while my husband was watching the Late Night Show with Matty.
When I got up I fond breakfast beside my bed which my husband had prepared for me.
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Online Test - Past Simple and Past Continuous
Printable exercises practising the Past Simple and the Past Continuous
Printable Exercises practising the Past Simple and the Past Perfect
Printable exercises practising the Past Simple and the Past Perfect Continuous