Past Continuous

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    FORM [was/were + present verb + ING] Examples: You were studying when she called. Were you studying when she called? You were not studying when she called.
    Uses of the Past Continuous

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    USE 1 Interrupted Action in the Past Use the Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted. The interruption is usually a shorter action in the Simple Past. Remember this can be a real interruption or just an interruption in time. Examples: I was watching TV when she called. When the phone rang, she was writing a letter. While we were having the picnic, it started to rain. What were you doing when the earthquake started? I was listening to my iPod, so I didn't hear the fire alarm. You were not listening to me when I told you to turn the oven off. While John was sleeping last night, someone stole his car. Sammy was waiting for us when we got off the plane. While I was writing the email, the computer suddenly went off. A: What were you doing when you broke your leg?B: I was snowboarding.

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    USE 2 Specific Time as an Interruption In USE 1, described above, the Past Continuous is interrupted by a shorter action in the Simple Past. However, you can also use a specific time as an interruption. Examples: Last night at 6 PM, I was eating dinner. At midnight, we were still driving through the desert. Yesterday at this time, I was sitting at my desk at work. IMPORTANT In the Simple Past, a specific time is used to show when an action began or finished. In the Past Continuous, a specific time only interrupts the action. Examples: Last night at 6 PM, I ate dinner.I started eating at 6 PM. Last night at 6 PM, I was eating dinner.I started earlier; and at 6 PM, I was in the process of eating dinner.

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    USE 3 Parallel Actions When you use the Past Continuous with two actions in the same sentence, it expresses the idea that both actions were happening at the same time. The actions are parallel. Examples: I was studying while he was making dinner. While Ellen was reading, Tim was watching television. Were you listening while he was talking? I wasn't paying attention while I was writing the letter, so I made several mistakes. What were you doing while you were waiting? Thomas wasn't working, and I wasn't working either. They were eating dinner, discussing their plans, and having a good time.

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    AFFIRMATIVE Subject +       a form of be   +     verbing   +  rest of sentence I / He / She / It             was finishing       the exam when the bell rang You / We / They        were paying                                   the bill while I was waiting to be seated

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    Subject + a form of be + verbing   +  rest of sentence I /He / She / It wasn’t crying when you came home You / We / They weren’t hiking there when the earthquake hit

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    A form of Be    +  subject + verbing  + rest of sentence + ? Was I walking too fast? Was he / she / it shouting while you were trying to sleep? Were you / we / they waiting for her when the plane landed?

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                                SHORT ANSWERS* Was your mother cooking when the phone rang?                Yes, she was  /  No, she wasn't* Were you studying while your father was watching TV?                Yes, he was  /  No, he wasn't
                           LONG ANSWERS* Where were you standing when the trouble started?   I was standing near your mother.* Why wasn’t she waiting at the meeting point?   Because, she was attending her sick  mother.

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    1-Read this text.A STRANGE EXPERIENCELast month I was on holiday in Ireland with my mum and dad. One day, we were driving through a small village. It was time for lunch, so we stopped at a restaurant .It was a large , old builiding. We looked through the window. There were lots of people in the restaurant. They were eating , drinking and chatting . A musician was playing the violin. But there was something strange about the people . They weren't wearing normal , modern clothes. They were wearing hats, jackets and dresses from another century . We couldn't understand it. But we were hungry , so we opened the door .When we went into the restaurant, everything was different. The people were wearing normal clothes. The musician wasn't there- the music was on CD. It was a very strange experience !Daniel2- Now copy these questions in a new file and answer them .1- Who was Daniel on holiday with ?2- Why did they stopa at a restaurant ?3- What were the people in the restaurant doing ?4- What instrument was the musician playing ?5- What was strange about their clothes?6- When they went into the restaurant, did they see the musician ?

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    WRITING -1-Look at the picture and write what these people were doing when the teacher arrived at the school ?Example1- When the teacher arrived , the girl in number 1 was sitting on a bench and she was studying .Write your sentences in the new file .
    Caption: : 1-Look at the picture and write what these people were doing when the teacher arrived at the school ?

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