Past Continuous

Form

Subject + was/were + gerund + object

The past continuous has no unique conjugations. It uses the past of to be plus the gerund and follows the spelling rules for gerund structures.

Function

The  Past Continuous is often referred to as a narrative tense. It is very  common to use the past continuous in tandem with another tense.

We use the Past Continuous to:

  • talk about incomplete/interrupted actions at a particular moment in the past

I was walking to school


We were planning our holiday


A Past Continuous action  is often used in combination with another action, as the Past Continuous  is used to express the background action, what was happening when  something else happened. This can sometimes be demonstrated with use of a  timeline and so is often called the long action.









Action A) I was walking to school


when


Action B) I saw the accident


Action A the "long action  or "background action" is interrupted or unfinished when the "short  action", or specific moment in the past occurs



The  Past Continuous is often referred to as a narrative tense. It is very  common to use the past continuous in tandem with another tense.


We use the Past Continuous to:

  • talk about incomplete/interrupted actions at a particular moment in the past

Related topics


Differences between Past Simple and Past Continuous here

Further Functions for the Past Continuous can be found here

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