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Past Continuous

was/were + Ving

Past Continuous is used:

1) when something was happening at a certain time in the past and you were in the middle of doing something

1. At 3 pm yesterday I was playing tennis with my friend. (I started at 2:30 and finished 3:30).

2. What were you doing yesterday at 10 o'clock last night?

3. I waved to her but she wasn't looking.

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Past Continuous is used:

2) with past simple together to say that something happened in the middle of something else

Tom burnt his hand when he was cooking the dinner.

I saw you in the park yesterday. You were sitting on the grass and reading a book.

While I was working in the garden, I hurt my back.

3

Past Continuous is used:

3) for two parallel actions happening at the same time in the past

While I was cooking, my friend was hoovering the flat.

4

The conjunction 'while' is used with Past Continuous

While I was reading a book, my sister was playing the piano.

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Past Simple

S+V2/Ved

Past Simple is used:

1) for a complete action in the past; a fact in the past

+ yesterday, last week, in 2009,

I met my best friend at school.

I walked home after the party last night.

Ann watched television a lot last week.

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Past Simple is used:

2) when one thing happened after another in the past

+ First
Then
Next
After that
Finally,

Yesterday I got up at 7 o'clock. I had a big breakfast. Then I went to work. I started work at 8:45. I didn't have lunch. I finished work at 5 o'clock. After that I went home and had dinner. I went too bed at 11 o'clock.

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Past Simple is used:

3) with stative verbs (know, want, believe, have= possess) that are not normally used in the continuous

I was enjoying the party but Chris wanted to go home. (not 'was wanting')

We were good friends. We knew each other well.(not ' were knowing')

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What were you doing

at 8 o'clock yesterday evening?

At 8 c'clock yesterday evening I was cooking dinner.

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What were you doing

at 5 o'clock last Saturday?

At 5 o'clock last Saturday I was talking with my friends.

10

What were you doing

at 10.15 yesterday morning?

At 10.15 yesterday morning I was studying.

11

What were you doing

at 4.30 this morning?

At 4.30 this morning I was sleeping.

12

What were you doing

at 7.45 yesterday evening?

At 7.45 yesterday evening I was watching TV.

13

What were you doing

half an hour ago?

Half an hour ago I was surfing the Internet.

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Use your own ideas to complete these sentences.

Tom burnt his hand while he ... .

was cooking the dinner.

15

Use your own ideas to complete these sentences.

The doorbell rang while I ...

was taking a shower.

16

Use your own ideas to complete this sentence.

Mary fell asleep while she ...

was watching TV.

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Use your own ideas to complete this sentence.

The television was on but nobody ...

was watching it.

18

past continuous or past simple?

I ... (see) Sue in town yesterday but she ... (not /see) me. She ... (look) the other way.

I saw Sue in town yesterday but she didn't see me. She was looking the other way.

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past continuous or past simple?

I ... (meet) Tom and Ann at the airport a few weeks ago. They ... (go) to Berlin and I ... (go) to Madrid. We ... (have) a chat while we ... (wait) for our flights.

I met Tom and Ann at the airport a few weeks ago. They were going to Berlin and I was going to Madrid. We were having a chat while we were waiting for our flights

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past continuous or past simple?

I ... (cycle) home yesterday when suddenly a man ... (step) out into the road in front of me. I ... (go) quite fast but luckily I ... (manage) to stop in time and ... (not/hit) him.

I was cycling home yesterday when suddenly a man stepped out into the road in front of me. I was going quite fast but luckily I managed to stop in time and didn't hit him.

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past continuous or past simple?

Jane ___ (wait) for me when I ___ (arrive).

Jane was waiting for me when I arrived.

22

past continuous or past simple?

"What ___ (you/do) this time yesterday?"
"I was asleep."

What were you doing ...?

23

past continuous or past simple?

" ... (you/go) out last night?"
"No, I was too tired."

Did you go out...?

24

past continuous or past simple?

"Was Carol at the party last night?"
" Yes, she ... (wear) a really nice dress."

... she was wearing ... .

25

past continuous or past simple?

How fast ... (you/drive) when the accident ... (happen)?

How fast were you driving when the accident happened?

26

past continuous or past simple?

John ... (take) a photograph of me while I ... (not/look).

John took a photograph of me while I wasn't looking.

27

past continuous or past simple?

We were in a very difficult position. We ... (not/know) what to do.

We didn't know ...

28

past continuous or past simple?

I haven't seen Alan for ages. When I last ... (see) him, he ... (try) to find a job.

When I last saw him, he was trying to find a job.

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past continuous or past simple?

I ... (walk) along the street when suddenly I ... (hear) footsteps behind me. Somebody ... (follow) me. I was frightened and I ... (start) to run.

I was walking along the street when suddenly I heard footsteps behind me. Somebody was following me. I was frightened and started to run.

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past continuous or past simple?

When I was young, I ... (want) to be a bus driver.

... I wanted ... .

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past continuous or past simple?

My dad ... (give) me a lift because it ... (rain) so hard.

My dad gave me a lift because it was raining so hard.

32

past continuous or past simple?

My relatives ... (arrive) while we ... (have) dinner.

My relatives arrived while we were having dinner.

33

past continuous or past simple?

The police ... (stop) him because he ... (drive) too fast.

The police stopped him because he was driving too fast.

34

past continuous or past simple?

It ... (snow) when I ... (open) my bedroom curtains this morning.

It was snowing when I opened my bedroom curtains this morning.

35

past continuous or past simple?

You ... (fall) off your bike because you ... (not pay) attention to the road.

You fell off your bike because you weren't paying attention to the road.

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past continuous or past simple?

I ... (wait) for the bus this morning when Marco ...(drive) past me.

I was waiting for the bus this morning when Marco drove past me.

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past continuous or past simple?

Anna ... (break) her leg when she ... (ski) in Austria.

Anna broke her leg while she was skiing in Austria.

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past continuous or past simple?

I ... (do) a summer job in a hotel when I ... (meet) my girlfriend.

I was doing a summer job in a hotel when I met my girlfriend.