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Lesson 11 - Transportation
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Past Continuous

The past continuous indicates something that was happening in the past. The past continuous is formed with was or were and the present participle (the verb form with -ing).

Past Continuous
I was studying.
He wasn't studying.
She
It
Was he studying?
   Yes, he was.
   No, he wasn't.
You were studying.
They weren't studying.
We
Were they studying?
   Yes, they were.
   No, they weren't.

Negative in red letters

 

Practice
Read Frank's schedule from yesterday and write sentences about what he was doing at different times.

Frank's Schedule

8:00 AM - Meet with Mr. Jones
10:00 AM - Work on the computer
12:00 PM - Eat lunch
1:00 PM - Meet with the accounting department
3:00 PM - Make phone calls
6:00 PM - Close the office

example
What was Frank doing at 8:00 AM?

1. What was Frank doing at 10:00 AM?
   
   

2. What was Frank doing at 12:00 PM?
   
   

3. What was Frank doing at 1:00 PM?
   
   

4. What was Frank doing at 3:00 PM?
   
   

5. What was Frank doing at 6:00 PM?
   
   

 

Practice
What were you doing at these times? Write affirmative or negative sentences depending on what is true for you.

8:00 AM - eat breakfast

Possibles Answers:

- or -

(The answer depends on what you were doing at this time.)

1. 10:00 AM - work

2. 12:00 PM - eat lunch

3. 7:00 PM - eat dinner

4. 9:00 PM - watch TV

5. 11:30 PM - sleep


 

The Past Continuous and the Past Tense

We use the past continuous with the past tense in a sentence to indicate that something was happening when something else happened.

I was walking to school when it started raining.

Practice
Write sentences about the following events.

example
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM She/clean house
9:35 AM the telephone rang

1. 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM The teacher/teach the class
    1:45 PM the fire alarm went off
   
   

2. 3:00 PM - 3:30 PM They/drive home
    3:20 PM it started to snow
   
   

3. 11:00 AM - 11:15 AM We/talk
    11:10 AM the baby started crying
   
   

4. 8:00 PM - 8:30 PM I/watch TV
    8:30 PM the power went out
   
   

5. 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM We/work in the yard
    3:55 PM we heard a car accident
   
   

 

Find the Mistake

Instructions
Find the errors in the sentences.  Write the sentences correctly.

example
She are a student. --> She is a student. 

1. We was sleeping at 11:00.  
  

2. They no were studying.
  

3. My lisense plate is DJI 432.
  

4. My car has an emergency break.
  

5. I waked up at 6:00.
  

 

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