The Past Continuous Tense


The Past Continuous Tense



1- The Form of The Past Continuous Tense: 





Affirmative



Interrogative



Negative

was playing    


He   was playing

    
She  was playing 

  
It  was playing 

  
You  were playing


We  were playing


They were playing



Was I playing?


Was he playing?


Was she playing?


Was it playing?


were you playing ?


were we playing ?


were they playing


I   was not playing


He was not playing


She was not playing


It  was not playing


You were not playing


We were not playing


They were not playing




2- The Uses Of The Past Continuous  Tense:

1-The Past Continuous tense expresses action at 

particular moment in the past. The action started 

before that moment but has not finished at that moment.

For example :

-       It was snowing at 7 am yesterday

2- When a short action took place, at a very precise moment

Here is an example:

-       Sarah was sleeping when the phone range

-       We were watching a movie when he arrived


3-When we use the Past Continuous tense, our listener 

usually knows or understands what time we are talking 

about.

For examples:


-       My mother was cooking when I telephoned her


-       We were having breakfast when it started to snow


*Past Continuous + Past Simple:



4-We often use the Past Continuous tense with the Past 

Simple tense.

- We use the Past Continuous to express a long action. And 

we use the Past Simple to express a short action that 

happens in the middle of the long action.

 -We can join the two ideas with when or while.

Following this example:


-I was cooking when you telephoned.


    -       When you telephoned I was cooking


   -       While I was cooking  you telephoned.


   -       While  you telephoned I was cooking.



Note :

 -While + long action ( Past Continuous )

-When + short action ( Past Simple)



 

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