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Past Continuous - Uses

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PAST CONTINUOUS
This is a practical oversimplification which will be right most of the time. For more detailed information see Mastery of the Tenses!
Main Uses for the Past Continuous
"was doing" / "were doing"

For unfinished past actions
  • I was working on my thesis when I met you.
  • I saw that you were waiting at the bus stop.
  • I wanted to know what they were doing.
For past activities at a specific time in the past (especially when the action is longer than the time)
  • When you arrived I was cooking.
  • I was working at 11am.
  • The sun was shining and the birds were singing.
For actions that were interrupted by another
  • The phone rang while I was cooking.
  • The cat ran across me as I was driving.
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Test Your Knowledge!

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We often use the Past Continuous for past activities that were happening at A S-----ic T--e in the past. (Especially when the action is longer than the time.)

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We often use the Past Continuous for past activities that were happening at A Specific Time in the past. (Especially when the action is longer than the time.)

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I was working at 11am.
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Practice Your Knowledge!

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Sheila (didn’t read / wasn't reading) the report when I arrived at the office. She was on the phone.

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Sheila wasn't reading the report when I arrived at the office. She was on the phone.

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