- Put Inam/is/are/was/were.Some sentences are present andsome arepast.
- Put inwas/wasn't/were/weren't.
6. ................ you at home at 9.30?' 'No, I .................................. at work.'
Raymond Murphy, Essential Grammar in Use, Cambridge University Press
THE PAST CONTINUOUS TENSE
The Past Continuous Tense is used:
to talk about a continuing action at a certain time in the past
At ten o’clock last night I was watching TV.
I saw you last night. You were waiting for a bus.
to talk about an interrupted action in the past
In this case The Past Continuous and the Past Simple tenses are used together in a sentence to say that something happened in the middle of something else.
I was driving along when suddenly a child ran across the road.
While I was doing the ironing, I burnt my hand.
(Just) as I was hanging out the washing, it started to rain.
to talk about action in progress at the same time
While I was reading, Joan was playing the piano.
to talk about actions that happened too often
When I worked there, I was always making mistakes.
to describe the background history or environment when telling the story
It was a warm summer day. The sun was shinning an d the birds were singing.
WAS/WERE+ Participle I (verb+ing).
I was reading a book all evening.
You were doing a test at that time.
He/She/It was working at 10 o’clock yesterday morning.
We playing tennis at 7 o’clock last night.
You were having dinner when I came.
They listening to the opera last night.
Exercise 1. Complete the sentences putting the verbs in brackets in the Past continuous Tense.
4. You broke your tooth when you__________walnuts.(eat)
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