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.
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Printable exercise - Past Continuous
Printable exercise - Past Continuous and Past Simple