Past progressive rules, examples

Past progressive

Past Progressive - Past Continuous

to be (was, were) + infinitive + -ing

Examples past progressive - continuous

I was reading a story.
We were going for a walk at six o'clock.

Past progressive use

The Past Progressive tense (Past Continuous) describes on-going actions that continued for a specific stretch of time in the past and ended.

Continuous examples

Jack was playing football all day.
At 10 o`clock Jane was working.
I was working, when my father arrived.
Ann was singing while Tim was playing the guitar.

Signal words

Past progressive signal words: when, while.

Examples signal words

She was sitting in the classroom when the teacher came.
The film started while they were reading.

Can, like and want have no Past Progressive.

Statements

I
You
He
She
We
You
They

was
were
was
was
were
were
were

watching TV.
listening to the music.
dancing yesterday.
watching birds.
looking for CDs.
waiting for the taxi.
writing letters.

Questions

Was
Were
Was
Was
Were
Were
Were

I
you
he
she
we
you
they

watching a film?
listening to music?
dancing today?
watching birds?
looking for CDs?
waiting for the taxi?
writing letters?

Negatives  short form

I
You
He
She
We
You
They

wasn't
weren't
wasn't
wasn't
weren't
weren't
weren't

watching TV.
listening to music.
dancing today.
watching birds.
looking for CDs.
waiting for the taxi.
writing letters.

Negatives long form

I
You
He
She
We
You
They

was not
were not
was not
was not
were not
were not
were not

watching TV.
listening to music.
dancing today.
watching birds.
looking for CDs.
waiting for the taxi.
writing letters.

Exceptions in spelling

 

Verbs ending on -e.

Examples: to make - making

 

Verbs with short vowell and double consonant:

stop - stopping, run - running

Exercises

02 Statements Statement exercises
03 Statements To be exercises
04 Statements Regular verbs
05 Statements Past Progressive for regular verbs

Signal words

06 Signal words

Questions - negative sentences Past Progressive

07 irregular verbs  Irregular verbs
08 questions Write questions
09 questions Write questions
10 word order Questions - word order

Negatives - negative sentences Past Progressive

11 Past Progressive crossword.
12 Past Progressive Crossword 10 minutes
13 Past Progressive Crossword
14 Past Progressive Crossword 10 minutes

Tests Past Progressive

15 Past Progressive
16 Past Progressive

Statements exercises

02 Statements Statement exercises
03 Statements To be exercises
04 Statements Regular verbs
05 Statements Past Progressive for regular verbs

Signal words

06 Signal words

Questions - negative sentences

07 Past Progressive  Irregular verbs
08 questions Write questions
09 questions Write questions
10 word order Questions

Negatives - negative

11 Past Progressive Crossword.
12 Past Progressive 10 minutes limit
13 Past Progressive Crossword
14 Past Progressive 10 minutes limit

Tests Past Progressive

15 Past Progressive
16 Past Progressive

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