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Past Continious Presentation

The Past Continuous Tense
I was watching TV when he called.
What is important?
• The action was in progress (I was watching TV );
• Another action broke the first one (he called and I had to answer him,
so I had stopped watching).
• The first case when we use this tense is when we want to express an
action which was broken by another particular action or which
happened at a particular time.
I was taking a shower at 7 o’clock.
We were driving home when the engine
suddenly stopped.
Another case
• An action continued in the past and the period in the past is
mentioned in a sentence.
Jessy was studying Spanish in summer.
The last case
• Two continuous actions were happening in the past simultaneously
I was writing a letter to my friend while my
wife was cooking a dinner.
How to build the form of this tense?
• The past continuous is made from the past tense of the verb be and
the –ing form of a verb:
• Someone was/were cooking; driving; studying; writing; taking a
shower; watching…
Past continuous tense in interrogative and
negative sentences
• Interrogative sentences
• Negative sentences
• Were you(we; they) sleeping
when I called? You sounded
• Was he(I; she; it) working when
we came?
• We were not(weren’t) playing
chess when you called.
• In the morning our elevator
wasn’t(was not) working.
Non-continuous Verbs
• feeling: hate, like, love, prefer, want, wish
• senses: appear, feel, hear, see, seem, smell, sound, taste
• communication: agree, deny, disagree, mean, promise, satisfy,
• thinking: believe, imagine, know, mean, realize, recognize, remember,
• other states: be, belong, concern, depend, involve, matter, need,
owe, own, possess
• When do we use this tense?
• How to build the form of this tense?
• Give your own examples of usage of this tense
Now let’s practice a little!
• When I phoned my friends, they (play) monopoly.
• Yesterday at six I (prepare) dinner.
• The kids (play) in the garden when it suddenly began to rain.
• I (practise) the guitar when he came home.
• We (not / cycle) all day.
• While Aaron (work) in his room, his friends (swim) in the pool.
• I tried to tell them the truth but they (listen / not) .
• Most of the time we (sit) in the park.