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Κυριακή, 30 Νοεμβρίου 2014

past continuous

English Grammar | LearnEnglish | British Council | past continuous

The past continuous is formed from the past tense of be with the -ing form of the verb:


We use the past continuous to talk about the past:




  • for something which continued before and after another action:
The children were doing their homework when I got home.


Compare:




I got home. The children did their homework.

and

The children did their homework when I got home.




As I was watching television the telephone rang.




This use of the past continuous is very common at the beginning of a story:


The other day I was waiting for a bus when …

Last week as I was driving to work … 



  • for something that happened before and after a particular time:
It was eight o’clock. I was writing a letter.


Compare:


At eight o’clock I wrote some letters.


In July she was working in McDonald’s.



  • .to show that something continued for some time:
My head was aching.

Everyone was shouting.



  • for something that was happening again and again:
I was practising every day, three times a day.

They were meeting secretly after school.

They were always quarrelling.



  • with verbs which show change or growth:
The children were growing up quickly.

Her English was improving.

My hair was going grey.

The town was changing quickly.

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