Past continuous tense
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Compare: Past simple vs. past continuous
PDF worksheets to download:
Past continuous PDF exercise 1
- Look at Jane's diary. What was she doing at these times?
(Monday 4.30 - 5.30 p.m: have an appointment)
At 5 p.m. she ___ an appointment at the dentist's.
Past continuous PDF exercise 2
- The Thompson family. What were they doing at 7 o'clock?
Mr. Thompson ___ (cook) dinner in the kitchen.
Mrs. Thompson ___ (clean) their car in front of their house.
Past continuous PDF exercise 3 (questions)
- Julie saw Tim and Matt at the swimming pool. Complete Sue's questions.
Sue: ___ when you saw them? (what | Tim and Matt | do)
Past continuous PDF exercise 4 (questions)
- Make questions. What were Simon and his girlfriend doing at a restaurant?
Where ___ they ___ ?
At a table by the window.
Past continuous PDF exercise 5 (negative)
- Complete short dialogues with negative forms.
A: Were you talking to Bob during dinner?
B: I ___ to anybody. I was alone.
Past continuous PDF exercise 6 (negative + questions)
- Make negative sentences and questions.
I ___ a shower at 6 o'clock. (not have)
___ computer games when I came back home? (you | not play)
Online exercises with answers:
Past continuous exercise 1 Use the verbs in brackets to complete sentences.
Past continuous exercise 2 What was Jane doing at these times?
Past continuous exercise 3 Complete the dialogue 'Romance at the Swimming Pool'.
Past continuous Exercise 4 Make positive and negative questions.
Past continuous Exercise 5 Practise negative forms.
Grammar rules PDF:
Past simple and continuous PDF rules Grammar rules with examples.
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We make the past continuous tense with the past tense of the verb to be (was, were) and the present participle (-ing form).
Positive statement: I was sleeping. You were sleeping.
Negative statement: I was not listening (I wasn't listening), You were not listening (You weren't listening.)
Question: Were you crying? Was he crying?
Negative question: Were you not running? (Weren't you running?) Was he not running? (Wasn't he running?)
We use this tense for activities or situations that were not completed at a point in the past.
Compare completed and incomplete actions:
Completed (past simple): I repaired my bike yesterday. (I finished my work.)
Incomplete (past continuous): I was repairing my bike yesterday. (I did not finish my work.)
Past continuous vs. past simple Compare the typical use of the simple and continuous forms.
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