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PAST CONTINUOUS: USE

http://hortensiaribas.blogspot.com.es/2011/02/past-continuous.html

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http://starsandstripesenglish.com/diagram-past-continuous/

PAST SIMPLE

Past Simple: Form

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Uses of the Past Simple

 Past Simple Boy Uses Examples Actions that started and finished in the past Acciones que comenzaron y terminaron en el pasado (normalmente se indica cuándo ocurrió, es decir, hay un adverbio de tiempo que lo indica) I didn’t go to the beach last Sunday Actions that happened one after the other in the past (like in a story) Acciones que suceden una detrás de otra en el pasado, como sucede cuando contamos una historia. I went into the disco and Isaw my favourite girl, then Iasked her to dance,……… With the Past Continuous to refer to a short action that interrupts a longer one. Con el Past Continuous para referirnos a una acción corta que interrumpe a otra más larga. The TV broke when she was watching the football match

Thanks to Isabel Perez:

http://www.isabelperez.com/happy/tenses/use/pastuse.htm

1ST VIDEO: PAST SIMPLE AND PAST CONTINUOUS

2OND VIDEO: PAST SIMPLE AND MR BEAN

Remember that stative verbs are not used in the Past Continuous:

Verbs not normally used in the continuous form
We use the continuous tenses, both past and present, with actions but notwith verbs that refer to states and feelings. The simple past tense andsimple present tense are used for such stative verbs. Some of the stative verbs include: feel, hear, see, smell, taste, believe, doubt, forget, know,understand, wish, like, love, desire, notice, remember, and want..

Example: He believes what I say. (NOT He is believing what I say.)
Example: We understood the instructions. (NOT We were understanding the instructions.)
Example: Do you hear that noise? (NOT: Are you hearing that noise?)
Example: Did you hear that noise? (NOT: Were you hearing that noise?)

ADVERBS USED WITH THE PAST SIMPLE AND THE PAST CONTINUOUS

Past tense verbs are used with adverbs specifying a past time or frequency of occurence. The emphasis is on action.
AT, IN, ON AGO, LAST THIS, THAT
A specific time in the past (clendar or clock times) A past time based on quantity or calendar units A past time before the current time  (near, far)
at 6:00 AM(at noon, at midnight) a day ago (second, minute, hour, , week, month, year) this monday (week, month, year)  “the near, recent one”
on January 10 (Thursday) last night (week, month, winter, year) that monday (week, month, year)
in January (month)  / in 2006 (year) / yesterday these/ those weeks (days, months, years)
in the 1960s (the 1800s, the early times)

PAST PROGRESSIVE
Adverbs used with past progressive tense tend to emphasize frequency, duration or repetition.
The volcano was erupting  for over month. (indefinite quantity of time)
A journalist was photographing the event from April to December. (time range)
People were often wondering  when it would stop. (emphasis on frequency)
Airplanes were not flying  while it was happening. (relative time)

Simple past tense

The simple past tense is commonly used with time expressions referring to the past. Examples are: yesterday, last year, ago, in 2006 etc.

• My father came here yesterday.
• I saw him last week.
• His father died two years ago.

The adverbs never, always, seldom, often, frequently, occasionally, once, twice, thrice etc., can also be used with the simple past tense.

• He never invited me to his parties.
• I met him once.
• She seldom stepped out of her home.
• She frequently changed jobs.

Past continuous tense

The past continuous tense is used to talk about actions and situations that were in progress at a particular point of time in the past. When we use the past continuous tense we usually also state when that particular activity was in progress. For this purpose, we use a time expression or a time clause.

EXERCISES TO PRACTISE PAST SIMPLE AND PAST CONTIUOUS

Exercises on past simple:

http://www.isabelperez.com/happy/tenses/past_simple.htm

http://www.isabelperez.com/happy/tenses/exercises/past_mistakes.htm

Exercises on past continuous:

http://www.perfect-english-grammar.com/past-continuous-exercise-1.html

https://www.ego4u.com/en/cram-up/tests/past-progressive-1

https://www.englishclub.com/grammar/verb-tenses_past-continuous-quiz.htm

Contrast past simple and past continuous:

http://www.isabelperez.com/happy/tenses/exercises/past_cont_3.htm

http://www.isabelperez.com/happy/tenses/exercises/pasts_pastper.htm

http://www.isabelperez.com/happy/tenses/exercises/past_perfect.htm

## Exercises – Past Progressive

Fill in the correct form of the verb in Past Progressive (Continuous) or Past Simple as in the examples.

1. Tom was wrapping the gift when I walked in the room. (wrap / walk)
2. Did he comfort her while she was crying? (comfort / cry)
3. What were you doing when the accident occurred? (do / occur)
1. What _______the manager ________ at 7:00 pm yesterday? (do)
2. Tina and Shelly ____________ to the hotel when it _________ to rain. (walk/start)
3. When Donny _________ the room, everyone ______________. (enter/talk)
4. I _________ in the sales department when I first _________ Sofie. (work/meet)
5. My brother ______the computer while I ______ for my trip. (use/pack)
6. ______ you ______ attention when the teacher ______ your name? (pay/call)
7. We ______ TV when the lighting ________. (watch/ strike)
8. She _______ about me behind my back, wasn’t she? (whisper)
9. ______ the client really ______out while Troy ______ the proposal? (walk / present)
10. This morning, while I ________ breakfast, someone _______ on the door. (eat /knock)

1. was/doing
2. were walking/started
3. entered/was talking
4. was working/met
5. was using/was packing
6. Were/paying/called
7. were watching/struck
8. was whispering
9. Did/walk/was presenting
10. was eating/knocked