Past Continuous Tense: Full Guide

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Past Continuous

Definition

The past continuous is used for an action that someone was doing.

Exercises
Structure

This is the structure to make sentences with the present continuous

PronounVerbo to be (Past)Verb + ING
I wascooking
Shewassleeping
We werestudying
Examples

These are some examples of sentences using the past continuous tense

  • I was listening to music
  • I was taking a shower
  • She was working a lot
  • They were listening to Oasis again

I was spending time with my family

We were having dinner


I was doing Yoga

I was making a salad

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Do or Make?

Definition

Do is used for actions, obligations, and repetitive tasks.

Make is used for creating or producing something, for actions you choose to do, plans, decisions, communication and sounds

Exercises

Lesson 1

Lesson 2

Examples

These are some examples of sentences using the past continuous and the verbs do and make

  1. I was doing my homework (Obligation)
  2. He was doing the dishes (Repetitive Tasks)
  3. We were doing yoga (Actions)
  4. They were doing exercises (Actions)
  1. I was making a sandwich (produce something)
  2. I was making a phone call (Communication)
  3. We were making jokes (Communication)
  4. We were making a lot of money (Choices)