Questions tagged [past-continuous]

Questions related to the past continuous or past progressive, which expresses an action that was ongoing in the past.

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Past simple or past continuous?

1 Being students, they didn't have much money and they usually worked as waiters at weekends. Why do we need to use the past simple? 2 While they were studying, they were working as waiters at ...
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Past Continuous + Past Simple

If two actions were happening at the same time, we can use both Past Simple + Past Simple and Past Simple + Past Continuous or conversely While he was having his breakfast, I was reading the ...
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I was working while I was studying at college

I was working while I was studying at college, is it correct? And how to tell about past actions for example: 'In college I had a subject 'Web design' where I was making a static web-page', is it ...
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past simple and past continuous

1) Two years ago I was working in New York 2) Two years ago I studied in England Both examples are from English grammar books. Could somebody explain to me why the past continuous is used in the ...
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Past Simple/Continuous with specific time

I missed my literature class today and I am calling my friend to find out what they were discussing (or discussed?) in class. My goal (as a speaker) is to find out what was in class today, so I can ...
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Past Continuous vs Past Simple (limited timeframe)

A friend of mine was taking her English exam the other day (she is a chemistry student) and she had to talk about her work in a laboratory (they have to do a lab-project for 2 weeks every semester) ...
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Difference between Went vs Was going

What is the correct alternative for the following sentence? When he lived in California, he____(went, was going to) to the cinema once a week.
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Past simple or Past perfect prgressive

which one is the correct sentence between the two and why? Before I lost my job, I was working on some important projects. or Before I lost my job, I had been working on some important projects.
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Past simple or past progressive for a duration

is it possible to write I heard some strange noises for the past two days after waking up and it scared me. I am glad I have not heard them today I was hearing some strange noises for the past ...
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Past tense and simultaneous events: do you use two Past Progressive or two Past Simple?

I was told that for two simultaneous events occurring in the past, you should use Past Progressive, such as: "While I was setting the table, she was cooking dinner." But that two Past Simple ...
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The difference between Past Simple vs Past Continuous vs Used to & every day

Which tense should I use if I was on holidays which lasted 2 weeks and during that time I rode a bike every day? It was a great time because I rode a bike every day. It was a great time ...
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Why did the author use past continuous in that sentence

I came from a scene that is more punk than the garage scene. The first concerts I was going to were punk, like at the MIROITRIE.for a year Then I went to Canada for a year Why "was going"? Why past ...
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Is the answer optional (Past Simple vs Past Continious)?

I have the sentence. But she needn't have worried because on the day of the wedding (look) very nice indeed. "Looked" shows a finished period in the past and the result has no connection with the ...
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Correctly conecting two actions (Gerund)?

I want to say that someone put her baby to sleep and was reading her book while she was sitting in the sitting room. The Continuous can't be followed by the Gerund. So, I can't say: His wife, who ...
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imperfective vs perfective in English (I was doing/ I did)?

I tend to use the continuous form a lot for situations that happened in the near past as it brings my mind closer to the actual action that was performed. I'm still not sure if this is grammatically ...
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past habits with adverbs of frequency?

Can we use past continuous tense to refer a past habit with adverbs of frequency words? For example: He was going for a morning walk every day.
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What should I use (Past perfect or Past Simple)

I have the following sentences. And must choose on of the tences (Past Simple, Past Perfect, Past Continuos, Past Perfect Continuos): Sally Deedes was walking home late one night. She (be) to a ...
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Past continuous with until recently

I saw this sentence Until recently I was playing in the Jerry spider gang. In fact I had been with them for 15 years we needed to stop Is the first sentence correct grammatically , I find it ...
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Usage of past continues tense in describing evidences

I wrote the following sentence to describe my evidence of how some users used a system. They first showed difficulties in discriminating phonemes, especially short vowels, as they frequently ...
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past simple and continuous

"Nero played music while Rome was burning." I just copied it from one English workbook for primary school. If it was watched, saw... I would take it as correct. This really bothers me, I cannot think ...