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Past Continuous

Past Continuous
[was/were + present participle] Examples: You were studying when she called. Were you studying when she called? You were not studying when she called. Complete List of Past Continuous Forms USE 1 Interrupted Action in the Past Use the Past Continuous to indicate that a longer action in the past was interrupted. I was watching TV when she called. USE 2 Specific Time as an Interruption In USE 1, described above, the Past Continuous is interrupted by a shorter action in the Simple Past. Last night at 6 PM, I was eating dinner. In the Simple Past, a specific time is used to show when an action began or finished. Last night at 6 PM, I ate dinner. USE 3 Parallel Actions When you use the Past Continuous with two actions in the same sentence, it expresses the idea that both actions were happening at the same time. I was studying while he was making dinner. USE 4 Atmosphere In English, we often use a series of parallel actions to describe the atmosphere at a particular time in the past. Example:

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