The Past Continuous Tense
For actions that were happening at a time in the past
How to make the past continuous
When to use the past continuous
1. Something in the past that was happening, when another action happened (combined with the past tense)
2. An action happening at a particular time in the past (combined with time phrase, for example ‘at 4pm yesterday’)
3. Two events happening at the same time in the past (with another past continuous)
a) I was still sleeping when he woke up.
b) Sorry I didn’t get your call: I was working.
c) The bus was driving through heavy snow when it crashed.
a) I was playing football at 4 o’clock yesterday.
b) I’m sleepy; my sister and her friends were talking all night.
c) “Where were you last night?”
“We were watching a movie at the cinema.”
a) They were shopping while we were eating lunch.
b) They were all laughing while I was playing. It made me want to cry.
c) I was cooking dinner; meanwhile she was on the sofa, watching TV.
1. Make 3 sentences using the past continuous and past tense together (example: she was chatting to a guy when her boyfriend walked in)
2. What were you doing yesterday at:
3. Turn these present continuous sentences into past continuous:
(i) I am playing the computer, and she is listening to a new CD.
(ii) They are singing while we are playing.
(iii) The phone is ringing, but I am busy washing the cat.