PAST CONTINUOUS

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Hi.  I had quite a bit of work to do this morning as I could not upload my picture.  I do not know about you but I love to see my picture.  Seeing the orange blossoms every morning uplifts my spirit.  Today I am going to continue with the past continuous.  Are you ready to learn another tense?  As usual I will use excerpts from my book.  Today is not my lucky day.  I had an inordinate amount of trouble trying to copy and paste from my book and so I have copied the following from :https://learnenglish.britishcouncil.org/en/english-grammar/verbs/past-tense/

The past continuous which is also known as the past progressive is formed from the past tense of be with the -ing form of the verb:

We use the past continuous to talk about the past:

  • for something which continued before and after another action:

The children were doing their homework when I got home.

Compare:

I got home. The children did their homework.
and
The children did their homework when I got home.

As I was watching television the telephone rang.

This use of the past continuous is very common at the beginning of a story:

The other day I was waiting for a bus when …
Last week as I was driving to work …

  • for something that happened before and after a particular time:

It was eight o’clock. I was writing a letter.

Compare:

At eight o’clock I wrote some letters.

In July she was working in McDonald’s.

  • .to show that something continued for some time:

My head was aching.
Everyone was shouting.

  • for something that was happening again and again:

I was practising every day, three times a day.
They were meeting secretly after school.
They were always quarrelling.

  • with verbs which show change or growth:

The children were growing up quickly.
Her English was improving.
My hair was going grey.
The town was changing quickly.

Can you now tell the difference between the simple past tense and the past continuous tense?

I will now give you some you tube videos of the past continuous tense.

 

This is an excellent video.  It is very well explained.  I hope that you enjoy it.

Here is another one.

One last video.

Spend the weekend studying both tenses and practise when to use them.
Have a great weekend.  See you next week.
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