Simple Past and Past Continuous Simple Past Tense
Past and Past Continuous
Simple Past Tense
Actions, events, states that started and finished in the past (…ago, last …, yesterday… )
Regular verbs: -ed
Irregular verbs: 2nd column
Tell your partner – use past simple
What did you do yesterday?
What did you do Friday night?
Where were you Saturday morning?
How did you do celebrate your last birthday?
Practice: Do you have a good memory? Are you a good witness?
Look at the following picture for one minute. Try to remember as many details as you can, but don’t write anything.
Only one minute…
Ready, go ….
What do you remember?
How many people were there?
Where were the people?
What was hanging from the ceiling?
What was the bank robber holding?
What was the bank robber wearing?
What colour was his hair?
What was covering the bank robber’s face?
Was the bank robber right-handed or left-handed?
What was the bank manager doing?
What was the bank teller doing?
Who was walking into the bank?
What time was it?
What was under the bank manager’s desk?
Gebruik 1) Om te beschrijven
wat bezig was
in “het verleden”
What were you doing at 9 in the evening?
I was watching TV
were playing Monopoly
She was ww + ing
Tell a classmate – use past continuous verbs:
I was _______ing
Where were you last Thursday at 8 p.m.? What were you doing?
What were you doing Friday at 5 p.m.? Where were you? Who were you with?
What were you doing Sunday morning at 7 a.m.?
What were you doing last night at nine o’clock?
What were you doing last Saturday afternoon?
Past Continuous, continued
Twee bezigheden tegelijkertijd
to you while you
Simple past met past continuous in één zin, gebruik 3
past continuous geeft aan
wat bezig was
the street …when the driver
through the red light.
Past simple geeft aan
de actie die de handeling onderbreekt
when the telephone
too fast when he
the news when the announcer
a special live report.
to study when you
Form of Past Continuous
was / were
was / were
Yes/ No Question:
Was / Were
Remember –ing spelling rules?
A little practice
The telephone (ring) when I (take a shower).
The telephone rang when I was taking a shower.
I (eat) dinner when you (come) in.
I was eating dinner when you came in.
It (rain) while they (walk) home.
It was raining while they were walking home.
We (see) an accident when we (drive) on the freeway.
We saw an accident when we were driving on the freeway.
A little practice 2
She (chop) onions when she (cut) her finger.
.She was chopping
onions when she cut her finger
We (watch) TV when the electricity (go) out.
We were watching TV when the electricity went out.
My dad (do) the dishes while my mum (send) an email.
My dad was doing the dishes while my mum was sending an email.
Final Tips …
for two actions in progress at the same time in the past: Gelijktijdigheid
She was talking
he was driving.
for an action that was in progress that was interrupted by another event in the past):
I was just leaving
(handeling bezig) (“storing”)
at the front of a sentence
, use a comma:
When you called, I was watching TV.
While he was washing the clothes, I was doing the dishes.
in the middle of a sentence,
I was watching TV when you called.
I was doing the dishes while he was washing the clothes.
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