Grade 9 Grammar Lesson 7 Past continuous

What is the structure of past continuous tense?
When do we use the past continuous tense?
How can we form negatives and questions in past continuous tense?
Can we also use the past continuous tense for two actions that happened together in the past?

Grade 9 Grammar Lesson 7 Past continuous (1)

Past continuous is formed by:

  • subject + was/were + present participle. . subject + was/were (n’t) + present participle. .
  • Was/were (n’t) + subject + present participle.?
  • Wh + was/were (n’t) + subject + present participle…?

We use the past continuous for an action that was in the middle of happening at a past time.

When a new action happened in the middle of another ongoing action, the new action takes past simple and the longer one takes past continuous. Connectives like when, while and as are used.

When two actions continued together in the past, we may use the past continuous for both.

When two short actions happen simultaneously, we can use past simple for both especially when one is the result of the other.

Go to page 1 2

Download the complete course now

Some more free lessons »
Grade 1 Grammar Lesson 3 The alphabet – Vowels and consonants
Grade 3 Grammar Lesson 3 Nouns – countable and uncountable
6th Grade Grammar Capitalisation
Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 10 Will, shall and going to
Grade 10 Grammar Lesson 5 Present perfect and past simple (3)
Grade 8 Grammar Lesson 4 The present perfect tense (I)