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PAST PROGRESSIVE

 

How to form: I, he, she, it was (not) + ing-form was (not) working
  you, we, they were (not) + ing-form were (not) working

 

1. Shows that an action in the past lasted a long time.
2. If an action happened while another action took place. We use the past simple for the short action and the past progressive for the long action.
3. Two long past actions happened at the same time.
 
1. zeigt an, dass eine Handlung in der Vergangenheit längere Zeit angedauert hat.
2. Wenn ein Ereignis während einer Handlung eintrat, verwendet man für das kurze Ereignis (short action) das past simple, für die lange Handlung (long action) das past progressive.
3. Zwei vergangene Handlungen verlaufen gleichzeitig.

 

Key words: while (während), when (als)

   
Examples:  
   
What were they doing yesterday?
   
While I was repairing my bike, she was watering the flowers.
He was watching TV while she was reading a book.
PAST PROGRESSIVE PAST PROGRESSIVE
long action long action
 
   
When Tom was cooking, he burnt his hand.
PAST PROGRESSIVE PAST SIMPLE
long action short action

 

NO PROGRESSIVE FORM


Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3      
Simple or progressive: Exercise 1 Exercise 2 Exercise 3 Exercise 4
  Exercise 5 Exercise 6