Bài 42: Thì quá khứ tiếp diễn (The past continuous)

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Past continuous

When I was having my lunch…

My boss called.

When I was having my lunch, my boss called.

When I was taking pictures…

I met my friend

When I was taking picture, I met my friend.

When Lena was working I asked her to make some copies.

When Lena was working, I asked her to make some copies.

So, what’s that?

Form

We form the past continuous.
We're the past form of the verb “to be”: was, were, plus V-ing of the main verb.

We use it for:

Exact past time action: Yesterday at 12 o’clock I was having my lunch.

Interrupted action: When Lena was working I asked her to make some copies.

Background action: the sun was shining, the birds were singing, when I was having my lunch.

Two or more parallel actions: People were watching, while actors were playing.

We use it for:

Exact past time action

Interrupted action

Background action

Two or more parallel actions.

Let’s try together

Choose WAS or WERE

Exercise 1

1) Yesterday at 7 p.m. I WAS / were walking in the park.

2) She WAS/were cooking dinner, when her husband came home.

3) We was/ WERE having lunch at noon yesterday.

4) They was/ WERE dancing all night long.

Past continuous or simple

Exercise 2:

1) When I WAS DRINKING/ drank tea my brother came home.

2) The kids WERE PLAYING/ played in the garden, when their mum called them home.

3) The police WAS LOOKING/ looked for the criminal, while he WAS HIDING/ hid in an old house.

What’s were they doing yesterday at 5 p.m.?

Exercise 3:

What was she doing yesterday at 5. p.m?

She WAS HAVING coffee.

She WAS WRITING

She WAS LISTENING to the music

What were they doing yesterday at 5 p.m?

They WERE GIVING a concert.

He WAS PLAYING the guitar.

He WAS PERFORMING on stage.

“So then we can  go ahead. And  get it scrolling and  I am going to do it in the skillet.

I’m just going to brown them. Get them brown a little bit. We can finish it in the water about 400 degrees. And I’m going to finish…”

What was she doing yesterday at 5 p.m.?

She WAS COOKING salmon.

She WAS EXPLAINING how to cook salmon.

She WAS PUTTING salmon into a frying pan.

Well done


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