# Unit 1 past continuous (simple)

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Published on March 9, 2014

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PAST CONTINUOUS (SIMPLE)

SUBJECT + TO BE (PAST) + GERUND OF MAIN VERB YOU/WE/THEY I / HE / SHE / IT + WERE + ….ING + WAS + …ING We were studying when she called. Were the soldiers sleeping when the bomb exploded? I was not listening to the radio when mum arrived.

WE USE IT: TO DESCRIBE A “LONG” ACTION OR “PROCESS “ IN A MOMENT BEFORE NOW (IN THE PAST). •WE CAN SAY IT WAS HAPPENING IN A MOMENT IN THE PAST. Yesterday at 6 o’clock I was watching TV. THE ACTION (PROCESS)STARTED BEFORE 6 o’clock BUT IT WAS NOT FINISHED. The film started at 5 o’clock and finished at 6.30. I was in the middle of the process of watching the film. •WE CAN SAY THAT THE ACTION WAS INTERRUPTED BY ANOTHER SHORT ACTION. I was having a bath when the phone rang. or WHILE + PAST CONTINUOUS While I was having a bath, the phone rang. or When the phone rang, I was having a bath. or WHEN + PAST SIMPLE The phone rang while I was having a bath. •IT COULD STOP THE PROCESS . I had to leave my bath to answer the phone. •(OR NOT). Mum answered the phone. I went on with my bath.

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