Past Progressive/Continuous

Past Progressive/Continuous
Summary
Use
Signal words
Form of affirmative, negative sentences and questions
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Special verbs
Diagram
Long forms and short forms
Exercises - Past Progressive

Past Progressive - Use

1) actions were in progress at special time in the past

Peter was reading a book yesterday evening.


2) two actions were happening at the same time (the actions do not influence each other)

Anne was writing a letter while Steve was reading the New York Times.


3) together with the Simple Past

While we were sitting at the breakfast table, the telephone rang.


4) repeated actions irritating the speaker (with always, constantly, forever)

Andrew was always coming late.


Past Progressive - Signal words

while


Past Progressive - Form

to be (was, were) + infinitive + -ing


Past Progressive - Examples

Affirmative sentences:

I was playing football. You were playing football.

Negative sentences:

I was not playing football.
I was't playing football.
You were not playing football.
You weren't playing football.

Questions:

Was I playing football? Were you playing football?
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