Past Simple & Past Continuous

Past simple or continuous

Both the past simple and the past continuous
refer to completed actions in the past.

Most of the time when we are talking about such
actions, we use the past simple. This is by far the most common way of talking
about the past.

·        
I
lived there for 6 years.

·        
I
only found out a few moments ago.

·        
I
asked her but she didn’t know anything.

·        
The
company made 100 people redundant last year.

Only use the past continuous when you want to
emphasize the continuity of the action.

·        
Everybody
was talking about it all evening.

·        
They
were really trying hard but couldn’t do it.

·        
I
was thinking about you the other day.

·        
Were
you expecting that to happen?

When we use these two forms in the same
sentence, we use the past continuous to talk about the "background
action" and the past simple to talk about the shorter completed action.

·        
It
was raining hard when we left the building.

·        
I
was reading the report when you rang.

·        
He
was going out to lunch when I saw him.

·        
The
company was doing well when I last visited it.

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Simple Past – Past Progressive

continuous or finished action

Past Continuous


Past Simple or Past Continuous (1)

Past Simple or Past Continuous (2)

Past Simple or Past Continuous (3)

Past
Simple or Past Continuous (4)

Past
Simple or Past Continuous (5)

Past Simple or
Past Continuous (6)

Past Simple or Past Continuous (7)
Past Simple or Past Continuous – A
Dialogue


About Eva Luptáková

učiteľka v strednej odbornej škole s aprobáciou slovenský jazyk a literatúra, anglický jazyk, občianska náuka; regionálna konzultantka programu eTwinning pre Národnú podpornú službu elektronickej spolupráce škôl na Slovensku pri Žilinskej Univerzite v Žiline
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