[Tense] – Lesson 6: Past Progressive

Introduction

The past progressive puts emphasis on the course of an action in the past.

Form

Positive Negative Question
I / he / she / it I was speaking. I was not speaking. Was I speaking?
you / we / they You were speaking. You were not speaking. Were you speaking?

Exceptions in Spelling

Exceptions in spelling when adding ing Example
final e is dropped (but: ee is not changed) come – coming
(but: agree – agreeing)
after a short, stressed vowel, the final consonant is doubled sit – sitting
l as final consonant after a vowel is doubled (in British English) travel – travelling
final ie becomes y lie – lying

Use of Past Progressive

  • puts emphasis on the course of an action in the pastExample: He was playing football.
  • two actions happening at the same time (in the past)Example: While she was preparing dinner, he was washing the dishes.
  • action going on at a certain time in the pastExample: When I was having breakfast, the phone suddenly rang.

Signal Words of Past Progressive

  • when, while, as long as
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