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Past Continuous

Pasado Continuo

1. PRESENTATION He was telling an old Maori legend. I was studying English while my brother was doing his homework. The native birds were singing in the bush. Diana wasn't waiting for me when I arrived. The students weren't listening to the teacher. Was it snowing when you came home last night? Were Mel and Dave cooking dinner at 6 pm? 2. FORM The Past Continuous is formed with the past simple of to be (was, were) and the verb in the -ing form. El Pasado Continuo se forma con el pasado simple del verbo to be (was, were) y el verbo en la forma -ing. For the negative form, we put the negative particle not after to be (wasn't, weren't) and then add the verb in the -ing form. Para la forma negativa, colocamos la partícula negativa not detrás del verbo to be (wasn't, weren't) y luego añadimos el verbo en la forma -ing. For the interrogative form, we only move the verb to be before the subject. Para la forma interrogativa, movemos el verbo to be y lo colocamos delante del sujeto. Infinitive: to work -ing form: working Affirmative



I was working

I wasn't working

Was I working?

You were working

You weren't working

Were you working?

He/she/it was working He/she/it wasn't working

Was he/she/it working?

We were working

We weren't working

Were we working?

You were working

You weren't working

Were you working?

They were working

They weren't working

Were they working?

Certain verbs have a spelling change in the -ing form. Algunos verbos cambian la ortografía en la forma -ing

- Verbs ending in -e, drop the -e and add -ing.

give => giving have => having - One syllable verbs ending in consonant + vowel + consonant double the final consonant and add -ing: stop => stopping cut => cutting - Verbs ending in -ie change it for -y and then add -ing. lie => lying die => dying 3. USES - Action in progress: an action in progress (not finished) in the past is interrupted by a specific time. Acción en progreso: una acción en progreso (no terminada) en el pasado es interrumpida por un tiempo específico

Yesterday at 3 o'clock I was swimming. - Simultaneous actions: two actions that were happening at the same time in the past Acciones simultáneas: dos acciones que estaban ocurriendo al mismo tiempo en el pasado . My father was driving home while I was watching a DVD in the backseat. - Interrupted action in the past: a longer past action in progress (not finished) is expressed by the Past Continuous and the shorter action that interrupts is expressed in the Past Simple. Acción interrumpida en el pasado: una acción más larga en progreso (no terminada) en el pasado se expresa con el Pasado Continuo y la acción más corta que la interrumpe se expresa en Pasado Simple

While I was having breakfast, my grandmother rang. There are a series of verbs that are not normally used in the continuous tenses. We call them stative verbs. Hay una serie de verbos que normalmente no se usan en tiempos continuos. Se les llama verbos de estado

STATIVE VERBS Verbs of thinking: understand, believe, know, remember. Verbs of emotion: like, love, prefer, hate, want, need. Verbs of possession: have, own, want, belong. Verbs of senses: see, hear, smell, taste, seem. 4. TYPICAL TIME EXPRESSIONS While, when

Past Continuous  

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