Past Simple or Past Continuous

Past Simple or Past Continuous Grammar Guide

There are moments when we can use either the past simple or past continuous. The following points will help you decide which to use

  • Emphasis

There is frequently no difference between the past simple or past continuous. Because the past continuous is often used to demonstrate an action or event is in progress when something else is happening we can chose to use the past simple or past continuous to emphasise which event or action we consider more significant

  • Completed/Incomplete Events

As we know, the Past Continuous is used to describe actions in progress at a moment in the past and the Past Simple is used to describe completed actions. This should always be remembered when considering whether to use the Simple or Continuous.

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