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 continous use of the word “do”

Did you do your homework while you were coming to school? Were you doing your homework while you came to school? Does it mean that in the second sentence the homework was not finished when the ...
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past or past continuous with exact time period

They were playing(play) football yesterday from 13:00 to 15:00. They played(play) football yesterday from 13:00 to 15:00. At 8.30am today I was driving(drive) to work. At 8.30am today I drove(drive)...
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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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How to join past continous and past simple with “but”?

I'm reading about how to use "when" and "while" with past continuous and past simple tense. I quite understand about them. But there are another examples using "but" to join past continuous and past ...
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“we left the house that day” or “we were leaving the house that day”

Which of these are correct? It was cold when we left the house that day, and a light snow was falling. It was cold when we were leaving the house that day, and a light snow was falling.
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“I was working for a long time before…” vs. “I had been working for a long time before…”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between I was working for a long time before... and I had been working for a long time before...? For example: I was working for a long time ...
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“I worked the whole day yesterday” vs “I was working the whole day yesterday”

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because I worked the whole day yesterday. I wasn't at Julie's birthday, because ...
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What is wrong in

Question: Does the following sentence use the correct verbs? Yesterday, I was being hungry, so I bought food. Answer: The first verb should not be progressive. I don't understand the error. If I say I ...
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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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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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How do I convert this to past tense? “I will keep you update it on every step.”

I want to know how could I say or write this sentence in past: I will keep you update it on every step
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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 Perfect Continuous VS Past continuous [duplicate]

Do these two sentences mean the same? When I arrived, Lisa was waiting for me. When I arrived, Lisa had been waiting for me.
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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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The Past Continuous vs. the Past Perfect Continuous in context

Could you tell me if there is any difference in meaning between the following sentences? When I got into the movie industry, I was waiting tables for seven years. When I got into the movie industry, ...
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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 ...
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What's the difference between “lived”, “have lived”, “used to live”, and “would live”?

What's the differences between the below sentences and which of them is correct or more correct? It seems that all of them have the same meaning. If it's true, then which of them is more common in ...
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It looks like 'past continuous' case but the first part is 'past perfect'

Sentence: For the moment he had shut his ears to the remoter noises and was listening to the stuff that streamed out of the telescreen (George Orwell 1984) past continuous: For the ...
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What is the difference among these: (I was wondering vs I wondered vs I had wondered) [closed]

What is the difference among these sentences: Well, there are a lot of questions that I missed on the test, but I can’t figure out why I got them wrong. I was wondering if you could explain ...
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How to say it correctly? “I was sailing [..]” or “I sailed [..]”

How to say the following correctly? Last Voyage I was sailing on board of container ship or Last voyage I sailed on board of the container ship and please explain why is your option right. For ...
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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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weren't going vs didn't go [duplicate]

I already asked a question about “weren’t playing” vs. “didn’t play”. I’m not sure if the same rules apply in an example like this one: The weather was very bad, so we didn't go north. vs The ...

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