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 continuous tense” vs “would + infinitive”

First example: Maria thought John was going to invite her to the party. Mary thought John would invite her to the party. Second example: They thought the film was going to start at 8:...
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She wasn't kissing your face

Merovingian: Oh God, my God, Persephone how could you do this, you betrayed me! Persephone: Cause and effect, my love. Merovingian: Cause? There is no cause for this, what cause? ...
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When to use past progressive for repeated/ habitual actions?

Some grammar books say that the past progressive is possible to use for repeated or habitual actions. For example: I was practising every day, three times a day. she was meeting him twice a week. ...
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Difference between 'He always worked there ' and 'He was always working there'

Is there a difference when the adverbs 'always, continually,forever,etc..' are used with past simple and past progressive? For example : He always/ continually worked there. He was always/ ...
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(did not listen) vs (was not listening) (past simple vs past continuous)

Miguel came to the presentation but he seemed very distracted and he __________ (not/listen) to anything that the speaker said. This is an exercise on practicing with the form of the past ...
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Is this past progressive sentence?

Are the following sentences actually in past progressive? She was sleeping on the couch. The dog was barking.
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Correctness of “I had been X (profession) for some time”? [closed]

Is it correct to say "I had been X (profession) for some time" when now I am not working as X? Example: I had been karting driver for 7 years
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past perfect continuous

This is the first paragraph of an article: The salvage operation had been a complete failure. The small ship, Elkor, which had been searching the Barents Sea for weeks, was on tis way home. A radio ...
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Use of “were” and “would” in past tense

I want to say to my school friend that: This is the same bench on which we would seat in our school days. Or should is say, This is the same bench on which we were sitting in our school days.
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Past Simple vs Past Continuous (with for/because)

The following two example were taken from F2F course workbook with answers included but there is no reasoning in the workbook. In both of them, I feel the past simple and the past continuous are ...